Search

Police commissioner accuses county councillors of “scaremongering” over fire service future

PUBLISHED: 17:07 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 10 April 2018

Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Lorne Green, right, with OPCC chief executive Mark Stokes. Picture: Ian Burt

Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Lorne Green, right, with OPCC chief executive Mark Stokes. Picture: Ian Burt

The commissioner for Norfolk Police has accused county councillors of “scaremongering” over plans to explore bringing Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service under his control.

In February Lorne Green decided to push ahead with a full business case despite opposition from Norfolk County Council and the Fire Brigade Union.

And at the next full county council meeting, a proposal from Labour’s Chrissie Rumsby aims to “endorse and reaffirm” their opposition and that “such a move would not be in the best interests of the county”.

It also proposes an information campaign to promote the “efficient and effective way” the fire service operates under the county council.

At the Police and Crime Panel on Tuesday, Mr Green said he was “confused and concerned” about the motion.

“I take offence when I am accused of making a power grab,” he said. “I am not Napoleon. I am not interested in building an empire.

“Doesn’t it make sense to see the evidence before scaremongering tactics and making assumptions? I have had feedback from County Hall but I haven’t had any evidence.”

The business case, expected to cost up to £32,000, is expected to be completed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by the end of June. If a case is made the commissioner can then decide whether to put it out to public consultation.

Mr Green added: “I believe it is my duty to provide the people of Norfolk the most cost effective emergency services. I have no personal bias and I will be guided by the evidence.

“I want to make it clear I am not interested in pursuing a merger of the two emergency services.”

But after OPCC chief executive Mark Stokes explained three recent Home Office decisions had gone ahead despite opposition from local councils, Liberal Democrat Sarah Butokifer said it “sounds like we are being given a fait accompli”.

County Hall’s communities committee rejected an independent report’s conclusion that the “preferred option” was for the police and crime commissioner to run the service.

Leader Cliff Jordan had said there was no compelling case for any change and accused his Tory colleague of an attempted “power grab”.

Other popular content

A plane which was seriously damaged at a Cromer airfield crash-landed due to a fault with its tyre valve, an air accident report has determined.

Firefighters helped rescue a cat which was stuck on a roof in north Norfolk.

Yesterday, 10:49

A Norfolk pub has been included in the 2019 Top 50 GastroPubs for the first time.

One in every five recycling trucks in Norfolk is contaminated as people are putting the “wrong things” in their bins, councils have warned.

Most Read

A plane which was seriously damaged at a Cromer airfield crash-landed due to a fault with its tyre valve, an air accident report has determined.

Read more
Nottingham

Firefighters helped rescue a cat which was stuck on a roof in north Norfolk.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:49

A Norfolk pub has been included in the 2019 Top 50 GastroPubs for the first time.

Read more
United Kingdom

One in every five recycling trucks in Norfolk is contaminated as people are putting the “wrong things” in their bins, councils have warned.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Yesterday, 15:42

A Norfolk man has been given a two-year sentence for molesting a teenage girl while they watched a film with his family in the room.

Read more
Ipswich Crown Court

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 2°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

North Norfolk News weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy