Bourne campaigners win talks on ambulance closure plans

Have your say

People in Bourne will get a chance to have a say on a plan to close the town’s ambulance station after appeals from councillors.

East Midlands Ambulance Service, known as Emas, wants to close 66 ambulance stations, including the one in South Road, and has been consulting communities on its proposals in recent weeks but had not been scheduled to hold a meeting in Bourne.

However after uproar from Bourne town councillors and a request from the council, a meeting has been scheduled for Monday, November 26 at the Corn Exchange in Abbey Road, Bourne, starting at 7pm.

It will be the opportunity to hear more from Emas staff about the proposals, ask questions and give feedback.

Last week Coun Brenda Johnson appealed for people to get in touch with her about setting up an action group to fight the closure of the stations.

People did and on Wednesday night ten people took part in the first meeting of the group at Manor Court.

Coun Johnson said: “It is a small victory because we had nothing and now we at least have a meeting but we feel that we shouldn’t have had to ask for it.

“We want to encourage everyone to go along and voice their opinion and find out more about what is happening.

“I shall definitely be there and most of the members of the group will attend as well.

Emas wants to replace the ambulance stations with community posts and standby points.

Paramedics would begin and end their shifts at one of seven new hubs, with the nearest hub to Bourne proposed for Sleaford.

The consultation lasts until December 17, to give feedback call 0800 917 9911.