Anger at removal of charity’s ambulance

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TOWN councillors have launched a campaign aimed at getting bosses at St John Ambulance to return the vehicle residents raised £60,000 to buy.

Dronfield Town Council has decided to organise a petition to be sent to the charity demanding the return of the ambulance which was removed from Dronfield several months ago and re-located to Leicester.

St John said it had taken the action because the ambulance was under-used at Dronfield.

However, angry councillors said that the people of Dronfield had raised £60,000 to have their own ambulance in the town.

Coun Mick Emmens, council leader, who is also in charge of the St John First Responders in Dronfield, told the council St John headquarters had also taken over the £5,500 the local branch had in their funds and put it into ‘a central pot’.

He said: “They have done all this without any local consultation and are walking all over us which has to stop.”

Coun Graham Baxter, leader of North East Derbyshire Council, said: “It is obscene the way St John has treated Dronfield and its residents after they raised all this money for the ambulance.”

Copies of the petition will be available at Dronfield Civic Centre and other outlets in the town.