Greenwich and Tower Hamlets in legal bid to stop fire brigade cuts
Councils including Tower Hamlets and Greenwich have gone to the Royal Courts of Justice in an attempt to thwart cuts imposed by Mayor Boris Johnson on the London Fire Brigade.
The cut-backs will see 10 fire station closures take place in January unless the courts reverse the decision.
Islington Council is leading the group of seven London boroughs which lodged a joint application for a judicial review last Thursday.
The councils have also applied for an injunction to stop the cuts going ahead until after the review is considered.
Cllr Chris Roberts, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "We believe we have a strong case and that we will succeed in defending our communities from these cuts which, if they go unchallenged, will make many of our residents less safe."
Among the fire station closures are Woolwich in Greenwich and Bow in Tower Hamlets.
Mayor Johnson forced the cuts through the London Fire Authority earlier this year.