Labour Party Members in New Mills took to streets of the town on Friday to collect signatures in opposition to the proposals from the East Midlands Ambulance Service to close the New Mills Ambulance Station.
The proposal which also includes plans to close the ambulance station in Buxton, are been put forward by the East Midlands Ambulance Service as part of their ‘being the best’ plans.
Speaking during the session Cllr Alan Barrow said “Everyone we have spoken to this morning cannot see the sense of these proposals which would see local ambulance stations in New Mills and Buxton closed to be replaced with a hub in Chesterfield which ambulances would need to travel back and forth from”
Cllr Lance Dowson said “The plan to shut our local Ambulance Station leaves New Mills, Hayfield and Rowarth as areas on the edge of the East Midlands Ambulance Service region, increasingly ignored and dependent on the North West Ambulance Service for any sort of emergency response, but to stop these proposals people need to respond to the consultation and make their views known.”
The Councillor’s stressed the need for people to make their voices heard either by responding to the consultation, signing the petition (available on line at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40820 or www.caitlinbisknell.info/emaspetition) or by attending the public meeting, which has been arranged by Cllr Dowson for this Friday (16th November) between 7pm and 9pm in New Mills Town Hall, and which will be attended by representatives of the East Midlands Ambulance Service.