A NEW multi-million pound hub for emergency services will replace a town ambulance station which has served the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
The arrival of a new station on Croesnewydd Road near Wrexham Maelor Hospital will mean the end of Chirk’s ambulance station, sparking concerns over response times in neighbouring rural areas.
The £15 million station, details for which were unveiled in a Welsh Government announcement on Friday in an £8.4 million funding boost, will serve as a resource centre for the Welsh Ambulance and North Wales Fire and Rescue services. It is due to be in use by late 2015 and will replace Chirk Ambulance Station on Station Avenue.
Chirk North councillor Ian Roberts said there were concerns “but we have known about these plans for some time”.
He said, while Chirk would be “relatively easy” to reach from the planned Wrexham station, he was concerned for residents in Dyffryn Ceiriog who had cover from the Chirk station.
“Accidents happen quite often on farms and on the valley road. And it’s about 20 miles from Wrexham to somewhere like Llanarmon,” he said.
According to Welsh Government figures, ambulance response times in Wrexham for the most urgent category A calls have been consistently higher than the national target. The county is consistently among Wales’ best performing.