LETTER: Time to listen

DESPITE the pledge and excellent work undertaken by the Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex County Council’s continuing failure to listen to the views of what local communities want and push on with major cuts to essential services that really matter to people will come at a very high cost despite reassurances to the contrary.

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, emergencies at Gatwick Airport involving aircraft and a fire under the terminal buildings, serious house fires in Crawley together with a continued risk of flooding and road accidents all go to show that very real risks to public safety will always remain despite positive preventative work.

It is therefore absolutely essential that all our emergency services are sufficiently resilient and adequately resourced to safeguard both emergency service personnel and the public they serve.

It is time for the residents of West Sussex to be given accurate facts and proper choices, including the option of paying a higher rate of council tax to maintain essential services that protect us all.

Some issues are more important than political posturing, something our elected representatives would do well to remember.

Kevin Trust

St Marys Meadow