Fire cash talks

FIRE chiefs have asked Thorne residents for their views about the service’s expected £3 million budget cut.

South Yorkshire Fire Authority, which has seen its Government funding reduced by 9.5 per cent, will meet on February 21 to confirm its 2011/12 budget.

The authority has been asking the public for their views about how it can make the reductions without affecting services.

Coun Jim Andrews, chair of South Yorkshire Fire Authority, said: “These are difficult decisions and we want to reassure the public of South Yorkshire that every attempt is being made to ensure operational frontline cover is not affected.

“By careful financial management we will do all we can to bring costs down while maintaining revenue levels and a service the public expect.”