We'll petition against losing ambulance stationed in Barton
Concerns have been raised about plans which could see Barton lose the ambulance it has stationed in the town.
The town currently has an ambulance stationed in a parking space outside the St John's Ambulance building.
But this may now go as part of a reorganisation of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
Health bosses say the proposals are designed to improve the performance of the ambulance service by creating state-of-the-art purpose-built super stations.
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One of the suggested ambulance sites is thought to be at Elsham, close to main North Lincolnshire roads the A15, M180 and A18.
Now Barton Town Council is launching a petition to ask residents their views.
Jonathan Evison, Barton town councillor and North Lincolnshire ward councillor for Barton, said: "We saw that this looks to be on the EMAS agenda so we are launching a petition.
"There used to be an ambulance station in Barton on Tofts Road.
"When we got the fire station, the ambulance moved to the mess room of the fire station.
"It was there for a number of years until that room was needed, so the ambulance people hired a little office at St John's Ambulance.
"It has its own designated parking place there for a satellite station."
Mayor Paul Vickers said he did not want to see Barton lose its ambulance.
He said: "I understand the benefits of a super station but it is a low maintenance building.
"I think everybody will want to keep the ambulance there and it is in an ideal location."
Barton resident Eric Babington, 66, said he would support the petition.
He said: "I agree completely with Councillor Evison.
"I would definitely sign a petition. It is an important thing for Barton."
Resident John Greenwood, 63, said he felt the ambulance should stay. He said: "I cannot see the sense in building one in Elsham and I cannot see the sense in building a new one, when they already have one.
"Barton deserves a good ambulance service."
Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive, said: "We are committed to being the best ambulance service we can be, and we know that we need to fundamentally improve the way we work to achieve this.
"These proposals have been developed with our clinical colleagues, and will ensure that we provide the best possible emergency and urgent care for all those living and working in the East Midlands."
A public consultation meeting will take place on Monday, October 15 from 6pm at The Berkeley Hotel on Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe.
The consultation will run until Monday, December 17.