Andrew has reacted to the news that EMAS have agreed to keep an ambulance station in the High Peak. He said:
"I'm delighted that the High Peak is retaining an ambulance station. I think it is somewhat ironic that the decision was made on Monday when the whole area was paralysed by snow, If ever evidence was required about how important ambulance provision is in the High Peak, this weather is a perfect example.
"Having fought so hard, it would seem common sense has prevailed. I had always said the original plans were ridiculous and they wouldn't work so I'm pleased they have now decided that they were wrong and have gone back to the drawing board to come up with something which allows us to keep an ambulance station in the High Peak.
"As we move forward, they are still looking at the specific siting of the ambulance station, and I have had a discussion with Mr Milligan when I said I hoped he would involve the local community throughout the process and use local knowledge to inform the best place for the ambulance station, wherever that may be. But the main thing is it will be in the High Peak, not in Chesterfield. We have saved an ambulance station for the High Peak.
"I have banged my drum and shouted as loudly as anybody and because I am an MP I can ring Mr Milligan and tell him what I think. But it is always easier for me whenever I go in to bat for the High Peak to know that I have got all the residents behind me. I'd like to thank everybody in the High Peak who has written to me, emailed me or spoken to me in support of this campaign."