Following a meeting on Tuesday 10th June between Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee and representatives of NW Ambulance Service Maghull and Lydiate’s 3 Lib Dem Borough Councillors Tony Robertson, Bruce Hubbard and Andrew Blackburn say they are very unhappy with the lack of detailed information provided at the meeting.
We asked NW Ambulance Service a number of searching questions such as:-
Did you look at sharing space at Maghull Police Station instead of simply telling us you are moving to the Fire Station at Netherton?
Where is the detail of your financial case for closing Lydiate Ambulance Station and moving to Netherton?
What are your anticipated response time calculations following the proposed move away from Maghull and Lydiate?
Bearing in mind that Lydiate is surounded on 3 sides by Lancashire surely you should be considering how your service will interact with West Lancashire based ambulances before making any far reaching decisions?
Sadly we did not get detailed resonses and with regard to examining other options to place the ambulance station locally we were told that Maghull Police Station had not even been considered! This is staggering as surely all options must be considered before decisions are made.
We expected to hear a well polished case which tried to justify the plan to close our local ambulance station but that did not happen and we left the meeting with even greater concerns than before we went to it.