On Monday I attended the Ambulance service board meeting in Nottingham and listened in astonishment.
Nobody had thought about the consequences for Bassetlaw or other areas outside larger towns and cities.
In New Mills in Derbyshire they expect staff to drive through the Peak District to pick up an ambulance and then drive it back another 30 miles in order to start work. In the snow and ice each winter! You could not make it up.
The medical director justified the cuts by saying that ambulances take people to urban areas in order to deliver them to hospital and therefore it is sensible to house ambulances in the major urban areas. But our ambulances take people to Bassetlaw, Doncaster and Sheffield, yet the ambulances will be in Mansfield. It is a total shambles.
As with the fire service - where we won the battle - I will organise a public campaign, and it will directly match the official consultation, beginning in September. We are giving them no excuses to ignore our campaign and I have a group of our brightest and best young people offering to jazz up a campaign using modern communications.
I will of course ensure there are public meetings and I know that the Worksop Guardian will again be in the middle of the action, as they always are on the big issues. If you want to be involved then email me on email@example.com or leave your details at my office (01909 506200).
The long awaited Olympics begin this weekend and Clumber Park hosts a big Olympic festival on Saturday. I will be tweeting ‘spot the freebie MP’ during the Olympics commentary as hapless Government Ministers grab the best seats.
For the record I have two tickets for the athletics, paid for by yours truly and a couple of cheap tickets I’ve bought for the more unusual sports.
I hope that the Olympics inspires a new generation of young people in our area to take part in sport and I will continue to work with our community sports clubs to make sure we continue to improve our facilities, coaching and youth sports opportunities.
Wouldn’t it be a brilliant Olympic legacy if we could build our own athletics track and training facilities- we should think big and aim high to make this happen.
I’m organising another tour around the Houses of Parliament for Bassetlaw residents on Monday 10th September.
If you want to go with your family and friends please call my office on 01909 506200. Seats on the coach will booked on a first come, first served basis.