Campaigners’ hopes of keeping Louth Ambulance Station open have received a huge boost after revised proposals indicated a major u-turn.
East Midlands Ambulance Service have announced a rethink of their controversial Being the Best revamp project which would have seen Louth’s station on the industrial estate closed for good.
But, hinting at overwhelming public opposition, EMAS have produced a revised plan which may see Louth stay open as one of 17 ambulance stations, alongside 11 ‘superhubs’ and 108 community stations.
The proposals sparked controversy from the public and local authorities, with East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council notable critics, while union GMB said the stations model would be ‘unworkable’ and feared lives would be put at risk.
Jackie Featherstone, who launched a petition against the closure of Louth’s station that was signed by over 3,000 people, welcomed the news.
“I would be very pleased with that (proposal), it proves that EMAS did listen to the people,” she told the Leader.
“I wanted everything we did to be positive and non-political, and when we took the petition to Nottingham we got to sit down with them and tell them what we thought.”
Under the plans, the nearest hub to Louth would be Lincoln, with Skegness remaining as an ambulance station.
EMAS said it ‘became clear’ that they would have to reconsider their initial proposals to take account of the feedback that was being received.
EMAS spokesman Phil Morris said: “The situation is the same in that we’re still meeting with people, talking about our proposals and options and getting views.
“Final recommendations therefore won’t go to the board until March 25, we’ll not speculate on what they might be, and that’s when a decision will be made.”
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