Shropshire

Newport ambulance station planning permission granted

Newport Cottage Care Centre (West Midlands Ambulance Service)
Image caption WMAS said moving to the care centre would be "more cost effective"

Planning permission has been granted for a new ambulance station in a Shropshire town.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) wants to move its Newport base from the town's fire station to a permanent site at the Newport Cottage Care Centre.

Proposals for the community station involve a portable cabin in the grounds of the care centre with parking for emergency vehicles.

A WMAS spokesman said they hoped to have it ready in August.

Robert Marsh, assistant area manager for WMAS in Shropshire, said: "Now we can begin to turn this into reality.

"I am looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the Cottage Care Centre."

John Airth, trust chairman at the Cottage Care Centre, said: "We have had an onsite meeting to further discuss the location and siting of the base for ambulance personnel."

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