Council to hold talks on future of Shoebury ambulance station

Talks on the future of Shoebury Ambulance Station are set to be held after residents gave their views on closure plans.

Shoebury residents have been campaigning to stop East of England Ambulance Service from converting the station in Shoebury into a ‘response post’, which would make it a rest stop for emergency services rather than a complete ambulance station as it is today.

The station was due to close in November last year but the level of opposition combined with an intervention from the council put the change on hold until after a public consultation had been carried out.

On Monday, the results of that consultation will be heard at a special committee meeting in Southend and the ambulance service is also expected to give a presentation.

However, specific details on what to expect at the meeting remain unclear as the council has not released any public documents relating to the discussion.

Last month the council’s head of integration and partnerships, Nick Faint, told a meeting that he expects a representative of the ambulance service to attend to explain the reasons behind the change.

He added it would be “with a view to implementing the change not as planned but after having listened to the feedback”.

Steve Shaw

Local Democracy Reporter