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Lift rescue plan far too long says Galloway

December 10, 2009
George Galloway today deplored changes unilaterally implemented by the London Fire Brigade which mean that residents may be trapped for up to two hours when lifts break down.
“The London Fire Brigade has provided an excellent service in the past, saving people from the extremely unpleasant experience of being trapped in a lift,” said George Galloway. “By treating these incidents as emergencies, the amount of time many residents have had to suffer being trapped in lifts has been kept to a minimum. Now as a result of a spurious cost-cutting exercise it seems the LFB have withdrawn this public service.
“Tower Hamlets Homes proposals to try to fill the gap left by this withdrawal of LFB service to Tower Hamlets residents gives a waiting time of up to an hour during the day and two hours out of working hours. This is appalling. The elderly, young children and indeed almost anyone in Tower Hamlets will find the prospect of two hours trapped in a lift with complete horror.
“I am writing to the Fire Authority, the Mayor of London and Tower Hamlets Homes to demand a rethink of these arrangments.”
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