Approval for £15m Lincolnshire emergency services plan

Image caption The county's emergency services will combine stations to form a so called "blue-light campus"

Plans for a £15m plan to increase collaboration between Lincolnshire's emergency services have been approved.

The proposals are for a joint control centre and combined fire, police and ambulance stations - dubbed a "blue-light campus".

The plans were approved by Lincolnshire County Council's executive committee.

The partners have secured a grant of £7.5m from the Home Office's Police Innovation Fund, with match-funding being provided by the three services.

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The scheme now needs final approval from the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes said: "We've been working together to identify opportunities which would enable our services to work more closely together to deliver a better service to the local community, and reviewing our buildings and estates made perfect sense."

If approved, the changes would be introduced by December 2018.

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