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Essex Air Ambulance is on the move

24th March 2009 - 11:50 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Following two years of external consultations and appraisals…it’s now official; Essex Air Ambulance is on the move!

We have undergone massive expansion to accommodate growing clinical responsibilities and fund-raising efforts. In addition, we have to move the helicopter from the Boreham Air Base which is being heavily quarried. Therefore, the pressure is on to move both the Charity office and the Air Base in the next 12 months.

The Charity proposes applying for planning permission to move to a joint site on Earls Colne Airfield. Finding a location to maintain the helicopter’s operational effectiveness is paramount but we also hope that our new facilities will bring extra fund-raising opportunities such as a shop, educational visits and event area, as well as a place for people to simply enjoy refreshments whilst watching the aircraft.

Rather than running two separate buildings, co-location will enable the Charity to save support costs, therefore more funds can be used to keep the County’s life-saving helicopter flying. 

Jean Twin from the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust said, “This is a very important time to find a new home for the Essex Air Ambulance to operate from, so for us the clock is already ticking. We have met with the Airfield Liaison Committee and local Parish Councils to share with people our plans and how we would operate. With our plan to co-locate the helicopter and Charity office side by side it will give the people of Essex a greater opportunity to come and see their helicopter, support it in new and exciting ways, as well as offer a new facility to the local community”.

To address concerns raised by local residents; it is important to note that Air Ambulance helicopters are governed by the Civil Aviation Authority and Aviation Law and as such have to follow strict guidelines on flying around or over built up areas.

Over the coming months our relocation team will be visiting a series of local Parish Council meetings to share our vision and plans with as many people as possible, and be on hand to answer specific questions or concerns people may have.

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