Commissioner concerned that politics has been put before the public
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “I am disappointed in the council’s decision today and I am particularly disappointed that the council decided not to wait until they had the views of the public and the workforce before making their decision.
“I have set out my reasons why I believe a change in governance is necessary, not least because we have an opportunity to reverse cuts being made to frontline firefighting roles. For the past few weeks, myself and my team have been out and about across North Yorkshire and today in the city of York, giving the public the chance to speak with me face-to-face about my proposals.
“It is therefore extremely disappointing that the Fire Authority has decided not to grant my request for staff roadshows with the fire service. I believe firefighters and staff should be given the same opportunities to ask questions of me personally as I have afforded to the public during this consultation.
“I therefore ask the Fire Authority to reverse this decision with immediate effect.”