by Alan Quick
DEVON Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) has been working hard towards expanding its night time flying operations by working with communities across Devon to create a network of community landing sites.
These are pre-surveyed floodlit landing sites which are developed and part-funded by local communities.
Crediton Town Council is working with DAAT, Queen Elizabeth’s Educational Foundation and Crediton Rugby Club to install a night time landing site at Lords Meadow playing fields, the fields alongside Commercial Road, which has been assessed as the most suitable site for landing.
To achieve this, a 10 metre high lighting column containing a set of two 150 watt LED lights needs to be installed.
The lighting column will have a remote control switch, operated by a mobile telephone, which will enable the lights to be turned on/off remotely, meaning no-one needs to be on-hand when the helicopter arrives and takes off.
The project will cost £9,160.02 plus VAT.
DAAT has confirmed that it will be providing a significant grant and Crediton Town Council hopes that local community groups and organisations may like to hold some fundraising events of their own to contribute towards the project.
Crediton Rugby Club, for example, has already committed to helping with the ongoing electricity costs.
If you can help by raising money for such a worthwhile project that will help to save lives, please contact Mrs Clare Dalley, Crediton Town Clerk, Crediton Town Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Crediton EX17 2BN or email: firstname.lastname@example.org . The Town Council telephone number is 01363 773717 and the Town Council office is open to the public from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
Mrs Dalley said: “In the event of a funding shortfall, the Town Council has agreed to finance the rest of the project to ensure that the installation of such an invaluable community asset is not delayed.”