THE COUNTDOWN has started as to whether Ledbury is to keep two fire appliances or see the service cut to just one, at the station in Bye Street.

Public consultation on the cost cutting proposals ended on Friday, January 10, and Hereford and Worcester Fire Service announced this week that the process of compiling the responses is now underway, ahead of a public meeting next month.

This is likely to take place at the service's headquarters in Worcester, on Wednesday. February 19.

But fire service spokesperson, Alex Hemming said that a time and further details were yet to be fixed.

Ledbury Town Council has sent a hard-hitting response as part of the consultation process, claiming that Ledbury could not always rely on back-up support from Malvern or Newent, especially in the case of poor weather conditions, and two appliances were needed in a town with so many listed buildings.