PLANS to cut ambulance services based in the Holme Valley have been scrapped.
West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (WYMAS) had been considering reducing cover at Honley ambulance station.
This would have left the Holme Valley - and other areas easily reached from the Honley station- with just one ambulance crew to attend emergencies between 4pm and 8pm.
The plans were leaked to Holme Valley councillors by WYMAS staff, who were worried about the repercussions of cutting cover.
The plans had been put forward as part of a WYMAS review of services, which is being carried out by independent consultants.
However, WYMAS has now stated there are no plans to cut services at Honley and no further plans will be developed until the review is complete in January.
A spokesman said: "No proposal is currently being considered to reduce cover at Honley ambulance station.
"No proposals will be developed until the outcome of this review is available and it is unlikely any recommendation will involved relocating resources from Honley."
The statement came as a shock to Holme Valley councillors and staff from the station - as on Monday of last week WYMAS chief executive Kevin Ellis had told a Holme Valley Parish Council meeting that cover would be reduced at Honley.
Clr Jim Dodds, Kirklees ward member for Denby Dale, said the U-turn was good news.
He said: "I think they've realised their original proposals met a lot of resistance. I think it is really good news that we're not going to have a reduction in ambulances."
However, he said he was concerned that WYMAS may change their minds once the review is complete in January.