Rumours that Monifieth ambulance station is set to relocate have been categorically denied by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
On Friday a spokesperson for the SAS told the Gazette: “There are currently no plans to move Monifieth ambulance station.”
The Gazette was prompted to inquire about the future of the facility at the Monifieth Medical Centre on Victoria Street after it was contacted by retired Monifieth paramedic Ian McLeod.
According to Mr McLeod the station was to be relocated to Balmossie fire station in Barnhill. He said: “I was in the ambulance service for 30 years so I take quite an interest in it and for the same reason I know it’s getting moved to the wrong place.
“If you move it to Barnhill you are that much farther from the dual carriageway and you will have to go on 30mph roads and can’t drive at an excessive speed on these roads. Already the locals have complained about the fire brigade using their sirens and that’ll just expand on that.
“I don’t see how this could improve emergency responses. It’s going to delay them. Unless there’s a call to Hamilton Place, which is just round the corner, it wouldn’t help, and that’s just sheer luck.”
The station serves a significant portion of Angus, including Carnoustie, Monifieth and sometimes Arbroath and also eastern areas of Dundee and makes use of its close links to the A92 to respond quickly.
Mr McLeod added that he had already spoken to Balmossie firefighters who he said were making preparations for the move and had also approached local politicians, both Angus and Dundee councils, NHS Tayside and the SAS for an answer.
MSP for South Angus Graeme Dey commented: “I’m grateful to the Guide and Gazette for raising this issue and I have contacted the Scottish Ambulance Service seeking information on whether this is in fact correct and if so, what the rationale behind such an action is. I’m currently awaiting a response.”
We understand that the Scottish Ambulance Service rents the facility from the medical centre and has done so since 2002/3.