Petition signed by nearly 3,000 people opposing Lib Dem-Tory clo

Bill Esterson and Andy Wilson


Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams presented Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with a petition that has been signed by nearly 3,000 residents in Maghull and Lydiate calling on North West Ambulance Service to scrap plans to close Maghull Ambulance Station.

The 2,986 people signed the petition which was presented to Bill for him to present to North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams launched the petition when it came to light that NWAS was planning to close the station on Kenyons Lane.

In a letter to the MP, NWAS chief executive Bob Williams admitted that the station was earmarked for closure because of Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts. In the letter Mr Williams said the station was set for closure with the service being relocated to Bootle & Netherton Fire Station at Buckley Hill due to the "current financial climate".

In the eight weeks since launching the petition, Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Team collected thousands of names.

Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Team's Andy Wilson said: "The thousands of people from right here in Maghull & Lydiate who signed our petition against the planned closure of Maghull Ambulance Station shows the level of opposition that there is to the proposal here.

"Maghull and Lydiate residents are concerned that the closure is a cost cutting exercise at the expense of public safety.

"Labour Action Team members have been collecting names on people's doors, but we have also had requests for blank petition forms to be posted out so that people can gather names themselves.

"The website has been red hot with people logging on and signing up.

"North West Ambulance Service must listen to this level of public opposition to their plan. We have now asked our MP Bill Esterson to present the petition to NWAS, to lobby the government and stress again the concerns that we all have in these closure plans."

Bill Esterson said NWAS's plans are dangerous.

Bill said: "I have repeatedly stated that the Ambulance Service's plans are dangerous and many people here in Maghull and Lydiate agree with me.

"Last week I conducted my own time trials and I found that if our ambulance station is relocated outside of East Sefton, large areas of Maghull and Lydiate would not be covered within the government's own statutory response time of eight minutes.

"If that is the case, and it is, then the plans must be ditched.

"People here in East Sefton are clearly concerned about this and that is the message I will take to NWAS when I deliver the petition. I will also be taking a copy to Westminster to pass on to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to lobby the Tories and Lib Dems down there about the damaging effects of their cuts on communities here. Lives are being put at risk and this Tory-Lib Dem Government needs to know about it.

"This is a matter of life and death for the people of Maghull and Lydiate and I will continue to fight these plans which threaten the safety of the community in which I serve and live."


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