Devon Air Ambulance:
The Devon Air Ambulance service is seeking additional landing sites so that they have central landing sites in as many communities as possible. This will enable them to minimise the amount of time it takes to transport injured people from the site of the accident to the air ambulance and then to hospital.
At present there is no central landing site close to Chudleigh. To be suitable a site needs 50 metres of clear space in all directions, must be accessible for land vehicles and have permanent illumination on site suitable to facilitate the landing of the air ambulance after dark.
The Town Council is facilitating discussions between the Air Ambulance service and the sports club at Kate Brook to see whether a suitable landing site can be located there. There is certainly sufficient space on this site and there is lighting in place, which is owned by the football club.
The next step will be for Devon Air Ambulance to carry out some night time testing to ascertain whether the lighting meets their needs. If that proves to be the case there will be a need to fund the purchase of equipment to allow the lights to be distance activated by the Air Ambulance pilot. The cost of this will be around £1,500. That cost will fall on the Town Council and the community.
This is an exciting development that will improve access to emergency medical facilities for the people of Chudleigh and surrounding communities. I’ll keep you informed of progress on this project as it occurs.