Council urged to back calls to save town ambulance station
Campaigners fighting to save their town's ambulance station from closure are hoping to get a council to back their calls.
A motion will be put to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council this month calling on East Midlands Ambulance Service (Emas) to reconsider its proposals to close Hinckley's station, in Elizabeth Road.
It follows proposals revealed in July which would see 66 ambulance stations close and be replaced by 13 central hubs and 131 tactical deployment points (TDP).
Although the town would have a TDP, where crews can stop for a break, the nearest hub would be in Leicester.
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The motion reads: "This council believes that Hinckley's ambulance station is an important local service and should not be closed unless Emas can provide extremely compelling and convincing evidence that changing to the hub system will improve response times."
Councillor Michael Mullaney, who will present the motion at September 18's full council meeting, said: "Already, hundreds of local people have signed petitions calling on Emas to rethink its plans to close Hinckley ambulance station. There is a huge groundswell of support locally for keeping the station.
"I hope we can get the borough council to add its weight to the ambulance station campaign, too."