Pro­posal for city cen­tre de­fib­ril­la­tors is re­fused

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

A PLAN to in­stall po­ten­tially life sav­ing equipment across Coven­try has been re­fused by coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers.

Some 15 plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions had been sub­mit­ted to in­stall dig­i­tal screens – which would have a de­fib­ril­la­tor on the re­verse side.

Each screen, de­scribed in the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion as “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Hubs”, would also have a tele­phone hand­set, touch screen and USB charger at­tached.

How­ever, Coven­try City Coun­cil’s plan­ning of­fi­cers did not think the ap­pli­ca­tions by JCDe­caux to be suit­able for ar­eas in­clud­ing Broadgate, Mar­ket Way and Cor­po­ra­tion Street

The plan­ning of­fi­cer re­spon­si­ble for these ap­pli­ca­tions de­scribed the units as “un­nec­es­sary vis­ual clut­ter”.

His re­port also noted that the coun­cil is cur­rently work­ing to de-clut­ter the city cen­tre, and the in­stal­la­tion of these units would “un­der­mine the city coun­cil’s re­gen­er­a­tion and de­clut­ter­ing ini­tia­tive”.

An­other rea­son was cited as con­cerns re­lat­ing to pub­lic safety on pedes­trian routes. Ul­ti­mately, all 15 were re­fused.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said: “Con­cern over the size and de­sign of the over­all hubs gen­er­ated a num­ber of ob­jec­tions to these ap­pli­ca­tions with rep­re­sen­ta­tions from High­ways and West Mid­lands Po­lice amongst oth­ers.

“There had been no dis­cus­sion be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion came in and al­though we are not op­posed to them as an idea we are keen that they fit into our de­vel­op­ing strat­egy for the city cen­tre taking in to ac­count how they work vis­ually and how they take ac­count of planned work.

“It was for these rea­sons the ap­pli­ca­tions were re­fused.”

Re­search has found that just 3% of pa­tients who suf­fer car­diac ar­rests that hap­pen out­side of hospi­tal are treated with pub­lic ac­cess de­fib­ril­la­tors – which the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) says sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the sur­vival chances of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year.

Tens of thou­sands of de­fib­ril­la­tors are placed promi­nently in work­places, train sta­tions, leisure cen­tres and pub­lic places across the coun­try. There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospi­tal car­diac ar­rests ev­ery year in the UK, but fewer than one in 10 peo­ple sur­vive.

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