Mayor wants assurances that Grantham ambulance station will not be closed

EMAS are recruiting up to 80 frontline staff to cope with increased demand.
EMAS are recruiting up to 80 frontline staff to cope with increased demand.
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The Mayor of Grantham has written to regional bosses asking for their reassurance that the town’s ambulance station will not be closed.

Coun Ian Selby has demanded a response from the board of directors of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at their next meeting on January 27.

Coun Selby led the campaign - Last GASP (Grantham Ambulance Station Protest) - for a super-hub in Grantham when EMAS first announced its ambitious proposals in 2012, which initially proposed to set up a small hub in the town and super-hubs elsewhere. After Coun Selby collected 12,873 signatures on a petition, EMAS did a u-turn and agreed to locate a super-hub in Grantham.

However, another u-turn has since seen the plan for super-hubs be scrapped altogether.

In his letter to the EMAS board, Coun Selby says: “As the Mayor of Grantham I am seeking a reassurance from the EMAS Board of Directors that you will not ignore the very strong public voice of the people of Grantham and its rural area who have expressed their grave concerns about any potential plans to close our ambulance station here in Grantham.

“During your consultation process we submitted a 13,000 signature petition that was produced in a short 21 day period. To your credit EMAS said that you would listen to the voice of the people of Grantham and you recognised the important strategic location of Grantham being situated adjacent to the Eastern rail line, the busy A1 dual carriageway, and the A52. EMAS also recognised plans for developing over 7,000 properties in Grantham in the near future. Pledges were made by EMAS to the people of Grantham, a town which has the second largest population in Lincolnshire, that we would benefit from increased services in any review by EMAS, and that we would not suffer any cutbacks.

“I appreciate that at this moment in time you will be unable to offer specific details of your future plans, however I am seeking a reassurance in principle that you will continue to listen to the voice of the people of Grantham and that you will not take any retrograde steps in our town and its surrounding community.

“In addition, I submitted this question for your November 2014 Trust Board meeting and it was not answered. Would you kindly offer me an explanation as to why it was not answered.”