I am very grateful for the opportunity to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Cumbria who oppose plans to outsource Cumbria emergency fire controls. Along with my signature, the petition contains 18,247 signatures of people from throughout the county who are concerned that the outsourcing and regionalisation of our control centre will lead to a threat to the safety of everybody in the county and the millions of people who visit us every year.
The petition states:
The Petition of residents of Cumbria,
Declares that the Petitioners oppose the decision by Cumbria County Council to outsource services currently provided by Cumbria Emergency Fire Control to Cheshire in 2012 and eventually a regional facility in 2014.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage Cumbria County Council to re-consider their decision to outsource Cumbria Emergency Fire Control services and ensure that before any further decisions are made, all plans, including a full breakdown of the financial business case are made available through a public consultation.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.