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No deal done says ambulance trust

THE ambulance service has denied it is in talks to sell off its Daventry station.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has put forward proposals to close Daventry Ambulance Station in Staverton Road.

Instead drivers will pick up their vehicles at central hubs, and be able to use smaller community facilities to await calls or for breaks. A public consultation on the changes called Being The Best was launched last month by EMAS and runs until December.

Insiders in both the ambulance and fire services said last week that Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue had a ‘bid on the table’ for Daventry ambulance station.

But EMAS has said the site was not currently up for sale, although did indicate it had received interest in some of its sites.

Andrew Spice, EMAS commercial director, said: “We have invited people to share their views and comments on our Being The Best proposals.

“Included in the feedback received are expressions of interest in some of the land we own.

“Clearly that land is not for sale as we are consulting on proposals – a final decision has not been made. The expressions of interest have been stored with the rest of the feedback received.

“All feedback will be considered before a decision is made at our January 2013 trust board.

“I encourage everyone to study the information we have provided as part of the public consultation exercise, and when they are in possession of the facts, to take a view on our proposals.”

Daventry’s ambulance station is on the same site as the town’s fire station, owned by NCC and surrounding the ambulance site on three sides.

NCC has previously said it is looking at Daventry Fire Station as a base for a new control room.

Cllr Wendy Randall is campaigning against the ambulance station closure. She said: “If they closed the ambulance station they would sell off the land. It’s a consultation now which we are fighting, but how likely we are to change their minds I don’t know.

“The service is talking about using other sites as community bases for their ambulance crews, like fire stations.

“Now most of the stations around here are manned by retained crews, meaning they’re not based in their stations. The stations are basically unheated garages, with maybe an office.

“How is that going to improve the ambulance crews’ service?”

There is more information on the EMAS proposals at www.emas.nhs.uk/get-involved/being-the-best-consultation.

 

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