Depot for paramedics under investigation by environmental watchdogs

Environmental watchdogs have a key location in their sights in 2014 following complaints that the health of paramedics is being affected by the location of their new depot.

The Scottish Ambulance Service depot in Lenziemill will be monitored over the course of 2014 as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged environmental hazard.

The depot,which replaced one in Greenfaulds had a high profile opening two years ago. At its launch, ambulance bosses stated that the new facility would offer an improved working environment for staff, with better changing areas, training and development facilities plus a bigger garage.

However, staff argue that the presence of two nearby industrial plants has caused a problem with dust that has already prompted one member of staff to quit on health grounds.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has now confirmed that it will be continuing to take samples from the site this year.

For more see this week’s copy of the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.