BREAKING NEWS: High Peak will retain an ambulance station

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The High Peak will retain an ambulance station, members of the East Midlands Ambulance Service trust (EMAS) board have agreed today (Monday).

At a meeting held this morning, board members approved revised proposals as part of their Being the Best programme, which will now see the East Midlands region having nine ambulance station hubs, 19 ambulance stations (including one in the High Peak), and 108 community ambulance stations.

Initial proposals, revealed by the Buxton Advertiser last year, would have seen ambulance stations in Buxton and New Mills closed and replaced with community ambulance posts and a hub at junction 29 of the M1 - the other side of Chesterfield.

However, following a public consultation and discussion with staff and stakeholders, the plans were revised by EMAS and the new proposals were agreed today.

This will mean the High Peak will retain an ambulance station, the location of which is not yet known, and there will also be community ambulance stations at Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills.

Local residents, councillors and the Buxton Advertiser have campaigned for several months to try and retain an ambulance station in the High Peak.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Buxton Advertiser.

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