Two sites in Honiton shortlisted as Devon Air Ambulance landing zones

PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:40 17 July 2017

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Mountbatten Park and Allhallows Playing Fields, both owned by East Devon District Council (EDDC), were identified as suitable sites for the helicopter to land when it had been flying at night.

Two areas in Honiton have been earmarked as potential sites for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) to land at night.

Mountbatten Park and Allhallows Playing Fields, both owned by East Devon District Council (EDDC), were identified as suitable sites for the helicopter to land when it had been flying at nighttime.

The choices were revealed at Honiton Town Council’s meeting on Monday.

Mayor and council chair Cllr John Zarczynksi said the costs involved were not that great, should either site be selected.

He added: “The works involve erecting a nine-metre mast with a light on the top that the pilot can activate by phone.

“That is about £3,000 which in the spur of things, is not a great deal of money.”

Cllr Zarczynski told members that DAA is not requesting the council to fund the project, but for the general public to donate towards the cause.

He added: “They will do a bit more work and come back to us when they wish to arrange a meeting with EDDC to bring this project forward.”

The charity has been working hard with communities across Devon to build a network of community night-landing sites.

These are pre-surveyed, with lighting installed for both safety and practical reasons – to illuminate the area during landing and take-off and to help paramedics when assessing and loading a patient into the aircraft.

The lights are remotely operated by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Team.

There are currently 37 fully operational landing sites up and running, with more than a 130 further night-landing sites in development throughout Devon.

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