News in Brief: Ambulances fall short of response targets

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THE severe winter weather and rising demands for care were blamed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service managers for a failure to hit targets.

It was ranked ninth out of 12 trusts in England for response times and was among five which failed to reach a standard of 75% of calls being reached within eight minutes. Its record last year was 73.7%.

But that was an improvement on 70.8% over the previous year. Director of operations Sarah Fatchett said “significant improvements” had been made.

“We are reaching patients quicker than ever before even against a backdrop of an ever-increasing number of patients requiring assistance.

During 2010-11 Yorkshire was hit by one of the worst winters on record which affected response times significantly,” she added.

Crash man named

A MAN who died under the wheels of a vehicle in Spital Hill has been named by police as Frank Bowling, aged 56, of Castlebeck, Manor.

He was pulled under a Nissan Cabstar truck that had been struck by a single-decker bus on Wednesday at 4.10pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, outside an excavation and plant hire yard near Spital Hill’s junction with Savile Street.

The bus is believed to have swerved to avoid a black Isuzu Rodeo Denver truck manoeuvring outside the yard. A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail pending further inquiries.

Stanage Pole rally

MEMBERS of the Friends of the Peak District will walk to Stanage Pole on Saturday, July 9 as part of a campaign for greater protection of the landscape from off-road vehicles. The date is not as previously reported,

They are urging the Peak District National Park Authority to take stronger action against people destroying land and disturbing tranquillity with off-road 4x4 vehicles, trail motorbikes and quad bikes.

The Take Back the Tracks rally will see campaigners walk to Stanage Pole from either Redmires or Dennis Knoll, putting pressure on the National Park Authority before it review its policy about the management of off-roading.

Dog grooming protest

AN APPLICATION to convert a detached double garage near Mosborough into a dog grooming salon has raised concerns over the impact on nearby residents.

Councillors Isobel Bowler and David Barker are among objectors warning of noise and traffic problems if permission is granted for the site off Quarry Hill, near the Ridgeway Arms.

But the council has also received four letters of support and its officers say there should be no major problems if conditions are imposed. “Given the limited scale of the operation and agreed restrictions around hours of use and appointments, on balance noise from dogs barking is unlikely to be a significant issue,” says a report to councillors on Monday.

Students on frontline

HILLSBOROUGH College students were today (Thursday) gaining an insight into working on the frontline during an emergency.

They were learning how to handle a chemical spill, a road traffic accident and conflict with the public as part of their training and skills development.

Taking part were around 150 students studying for a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in health and social care or uniformed public services, many of whom hope to join the services.