Monday, 12 August 2013

School ambulance plan scrapped

PLANS to station two ambulances at Arden school have been dropped.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service has withdrawn a planning application for the plan, part of a radical shake-up of the service across the West Midlands.

It applied to Solihul lMetropolitan Borough Council to create two spaces for ambulance and an office for staff at the Station Road school’s gymnasium.

It is part of plans to close stations – including Solihull – for 15 West Midlands “hubs”, including one in Birmingham.

This will see more “remote” operating points, such as Knowle. The programme will increase regional locations from 88 to 146.

Spokesman Chris Kowalik told The Silhillian: “We can confirm that an assessment of the Arden School has found it to be an unsuitable location for a new community ambulance station.

“We are searching for alternative suitable premises for a community ambulance station in the Knowle/Dorridge area.”
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