'Huge' opposition to plans to close ambulance station
Nearly 1,200 people have signed a petition against plans by East Midlands Ambulance Service (Emas) to shut Hinckley ambulance station.
Under the proposal, the town's ambulance station and other stations in Leicestershire would be shut, and "super stations" created instead in the city and Loughborough.
Councillor Michael Mullaney, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesman for Bosworth, said: "A huge thank-you to everyone who has signed the petition. It is clear from the huge public response that people want to save our town's ambulance station.
"The Hinckley urban area has a big and growing population and there are many villages near the town, too.
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"This size of population needs a permanent ambulance base to cover it."
At the start of a three-month consultation into the plans, Emas chief executive Phil Milligan said: "We have been very clear that fundamental changes are needed for Emas to improve the way it works, meet the performance standards and, importantly, provide quality care and a timely response to 999 calls."
An extraordinary Emas board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10, to consider the public response, with a final decision at a board meeting on Monday, January 28.