East Midlands Ambulance Service has deferred a plan to create ‘superhubs’ for ambulances, which may have downgraded Market Rasen’s ambulance station, until next March.
At present, EMAS stages ambulances in the town, serving not just Market Rasen, but further afield, including Lincoln, according to need and where an ambulance might be at the time. EMAS had considered replacing the Rasen station with a ‘community hub’ where crews could stop off for refreshments only. This and related proposals led to 3,700 to sign petitions demanding faster service in the Horncastle and Rasen areas.
“We have to see this as an opportunity to influence EMAS to develop a better plan to meet the needs of those living and working in the Market Rasen and Horncastle areas,” said campaigner Guy Grainger. “EMAS has had to recognise the strength of feeling within our communities. This could be a significant point in a very long campaign, but there is still a considerable way to go,” he said.