The Isle of Wight Council have recommended for approval plans which will see the Island’s fire service come under the joint control of Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton – despite opposition to the merger.
A 12-week consultation has shown that the majority of respondents do not want the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to fall under the authority of the mainland. Currently, the fire authority, which makes decision about the local fire service, is the Isle of Wight Council.
Despite the clear disapproval for the controversial plans, including from local Councillors, the Isle of Wight Council will now go ahead and vote on the matter proper at a Cabinet meeting next Thursday.
The merger will see decisions made about the Isle of Wight’s firefighters, appliances, stations and strategies made off-Island with the Council having just 1 of 11 seats on the board.