Thousands say no to proposals

Save the Ambulance stall'Pictured L to R - Ken Ritchie, Cllr Maureen Luke, Betty Ritchie, Peter Luke & Cllr Wendy Randall
Save the Ambulance stall'Pictured L to R - Ken Ritchie, Cllr Maureen Luke, Betty Ritchie, Peter Luke & Cllr Wendy Randall
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A DISTRICT councillor fighting controversial plans to shut Daventry’s ambulance station has drummed up fresh support from thousands of residents.

Cllr Wendy Randall has more than 2,200 signatures from local people who also believe that the station should be retained despite new proposals from the East Midlands Ambulance Service to close it.

Cllr Randall was in the town centre on Saturday with fellow councillors speaking to residents about the proposal which will see the current 66 ambulance stations based across the East Midlands replaced.

In place of the stations 131 community ambulance posts, standby points and purpose-built hubs, or ‘super stations’ will be allocated across the area, something Cllr Randall believes will leave Daventry poorly served.

Cllr Randall said: “We went out to raise awareness of the plans because some people don’t even know about the proposed changes.

“We got 450 signatures on Saturday which is great but we need to speak to people further out in the villages and make sure they know about it too because a lot of people are opposed to the plans.”

Under the proposals Daventry’s nearest ‘hub’, where ambulance workers can collect their equipment, would be based in Northamptonshire.

Daventry would be served by two community ambulance post/standby points which are areas for crews to wait for calls but which have no rest facilities for paramedics.

Cllr Randall has also called for a hub in Daventry.

She added: “I will be getting in touch with the ambulance station manager in Daventry to have a look around the station. EMAS say the stations are run down and unused and I would like to look inside.”

EMAS will hold a public meeting at The Abbey in Daventry on Monday December 3 to discuss plans with residents from 6.30pm until 8pm.