Faster ambulance service could be refused by council

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A bid to enable ambulance staff to reach city patients more speedily is set to be foiled by Milton Keynes Council officers.

South Central Ambulance Service applied for planning permission to install rapid response units in three different city locations.

The proposed units would be Portakabin structures, with parking for an ambulance nearby.

One would be sited on a grass verge opposite Middleton, one near industrial units at Kiln Farm and the third behind the BP filling station near Linford Wood.

But planning officers have this week recommended councillors refuse all three applications.

They say the Middleton unit would be “inappropriate and unacceptable” as well as a visual intrusion.

The other two, though not intrusive, would have an “adverse effect on crime and anti-social behaviour”.

It is understood they are concerned vandals might attack the Portakabins when they are unmanned.

Disappointed ambulance bosses are now hoping councillors will overturn the officers’ recommendations at the development control committee meeting later this month.

Currently ambulance drivers have to park by the side of the road between call outs in Milton Keynes.

“The Rapid Ambulance Amenity Points would provide better facilities for our vehicles operating in the area, enabling us to base vehicles at that location as opposed to needing to be parked on the roadside,” said a South Central Ambulance Service spokesman.

Designed to be close to the city’s main routes, the response points would enable ambulances to get to patients “much more quickly” he said.