16 MAR 2015

MP STILL HAS CONCERNS ABOUT FUTURE OF POLICE HELICOPTER SERVICE

Local MP Simon Hart has gained some reassurances from the head of the police helicopter service that Carmarthenshire won't suffer when the Dyfed-Powys helicopter ceases to fly from Pembrey next year.

However, the Chairman of the National Police Air Service (NPAS), Mark Burns-Williamson has failed to completely put Mr Hart's mind at rest.

Mr Hart wrote to Mr Burns-Williamson to highlight concerns about longer response times if the helicopter was moved further away and fears about gaps in cover.

He has now learned that it is planned the new service will fly from St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan and will take 10 minutes longer to reach west Wales than the current service.

Mr Hart said: "The NPAS response answers some questions but it also raises others, especially concerning response times and cover during busy holiday periods. I will be seeking further clarification on these matters."

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