Tower Hamlets in legal challenge to Boris' fire cuts
Boris Johnson's plans to close Bow Fire Station could be halted after the Tower Hamlets Mayor announced he was seeking a judicial review.
Lutfur Rahman has joined forces with the councils in Islington, Southwark and Camden in mounting a legal challenge into the cuts.
Mayor Rahman said: "Boris Johnson's decision to close Bow Fire station demonstrates his reckless approach to Londoners' safety, and I believe it is unlawful.
"He has ignored our campaigning and our pleas. But he can't ignore us in court. Bow Fire station needs to stay. Residents' lives depend on it."
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson announced the proposed cuts last year.
It suggests closing 10 fire stations and losing 552 firefighters in a bid to save £28.8million by 2014-15.
Commissioner Dobson said the emergency service is dealing with half as many fires as it did 10 years ago.
But the cuts have been opposed by union officers and last month the London Fire Authority, made up of councillors and London Assembly Members rejected the proposal.
However, the Mayor Johnson chose to overall its decision.
Among the fire stations due to close are Silvertown, Woolwich, Kingsland and Downham.
Cllr Ohid Ahmed, cabinet member for community safety, called on neighbouring boroughs to join the legal fight.
"Councils across London are uniting against this irresponsible decision," he said. "Lead members have expressed serious concerns about the implications of these cuts.
"I know that nearby Silvertown fire station, in Newham, is also affected, so I call on Mayor Wales to support us in mounting this challenge."