Controversial changes to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service could be put on hold, following last night’s (Tuesday) scrutiny committee meeting.

During the meeting the Isle of Wight Council’s scrutiny committee agreed to ask cabinet members to defer the decision until next month (April).

It will be raised at tomorrow’s (Thursday) cabinet meeting, where members will decide whether or not to follow scrutiny’s recommendation.

Councillor Dave Stewart says postponing the decision will give Councillors more time to read and discuss the papers.

The local authority is proposing spreading full-time firefighters across three stations instead of the current two, while reducing full time positions, without redundancy to “improve efficiency”.

Yesterday firefighters gathered outside County Hall to meet members of the public and express their concerns.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) say the changes could mean crews are unable to effectively tackle house fires.