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Announcement by BHF 8/8/8

Response by the Community Heartbeat Trust Charity (providers of the Brisley defibrillator) 

You may have heard the announcement by BHF reported in the news yesterday (8/8/18) about BHF developing a new national database of defibrillators. Most media failed to verify the information prior to broadcast, and we hope this will correct these media broadcasts.

In the BHF press release and media interviews it was stated by Simon Gillespie, CEO of BHF, stated that (quote) “It will give ambulance services immediate access to the location of defibrillators in their area so that they can direct bystanders to their nearest life-saving device...”.

We would like to point out that this work by BHF, presumably using funds donated for medical research, is

1. unnecessary;

2. a repeat of work already undertaken; and

3. is based upon a mistaken premise.

All defibrillators either acquired via CHT, adopted by CHT or registered via CHT (and other charities) including ALL registered through the WebNos Governance system (since 2012), as well as those registered direct with ambulance services, are not only FULLY registered already with your local ambulance service, but are also available to the public via the National Defibrillator Database ( This announcement by BHF is unfortunately misleading and is causing stress and anxiety with members of the public who are now under the impression their defibrillators are not registered and cannot be used. The BHF announcement has caused significant work for other charities to correct and address this anxiety with the public, using time and funds better used for their charitable purposes. CHT has received numerous calls in the past 24 hrs with panicking public.

Ambulance services already inform bystanders of the location of the nearest available defibrillator, and have done for the last 10 years.

There is already a national defibrillator database, and ambulance services also already have a database of defibrillators in their area, which will activate automatically in a rescue. Members of the public can register their defibrillator either directly with their local ambulance service, or preferably via CHT onto the WebNos Governance system, and then automatically onto the National Defibrillator database. Both WebNos and NDDb are available free to the public, any defibrillator owner and the NHS, RC(UK), emergency services and government agencies, such as CQC.

However, the more important feature is governance and accuracy of data. It is not about a list of defibrillator locations, but whether these locations and defibrillators are accurately represented, are active and usable, and have provenance. The production of an ‘App’ for members of the public to find a defibrillator is NOT the way to activate a defibrillator in an emergency, as it does not necessarily tell you where

the defibrillator actually is,

whether it is available,

whether it is operational, if it is required, and if in a locked cabinet,

how to get access.

 It also causes delays in a time dependent situation, as well as being questionable if the 4G signal required is actually available. To date, no mapping ‘App’ has offered any solution to the activation of defibrillators for the public.

This move by BHF offers nothing to the public or survival from Cardiac Arrest, and at this stage is only an idea being worked on with selected ambulance organisations in both England and Scotland over the next 12 months plus. There is no guarantee that anything will result, or will be usable at the end of this period, but in the past 24 hours it can be seen that the public are deciding to delay notification of their defibrillators to ‘wait for the BHF database’, the result of which is less use of defibrillators. Other databases are already available and have the right features that allow the use of a defibrillator in a rescue.

BHF have not consulted with significant stakeholders, such as CHT and others, before making this unilateral announcement, nor have they checked or consulted on work that has been ongoing for the past 10 years in this area. CHT expresses a concern over the public funds being used for this project which is repeating work already undertaken, and thus is re-inventing the wheel. We hope in the future BHF will be more consultative with other organisations involved in this area, and direct their efforts to areas that will enhance survival of patients suffering Cardiac Arrest.

Always dial 999 in an emergency. Your ambulance service will tell you where the nearest defibrillator is located, if it is available to be used, and whether it is required thus avoiding misuse. Your nearest defibrillator may not be the one you are thinking of. Or one that appears on an ‘App’!


Japanese Knotweed, The Hill, School Road

Residents may be aware that there is an infestation of Japanese Knotweed on The Hill. Previous attempts to control it have been unsuccessful and the Council has decided to fund a stem injection/spraying regime which will commence in the Autumn of 2018.

As part of the treatment programme, the Knotweed is being left to grow during the year in order for there to be strong growth to treat later on, this has proved to be the most effective treatment method. This does mean, unfortunately, that part of the footpath must not be cut and be left to grow. Prior to treatment commencing it is important that no herbicide spraying or cutting takes place as the stems need to be of a certain size to successfully take the injection treatment.

Accordingly, the Council requests that local residents do not carry out treatment of any type, whether that be spraying, mowing or strimming. 

It may well take up to four years for the plant to be completely eradicated. 

Removal of the knotweed will also allow for the eradication of the Himalayan Balsam.

If you have any questions please contact the Clerk, Sheryl Irving, on 01362 667756 or at


Following the recent heavy flooding and on behalf of local residents, the Parish Council has been requested to encourage all residents in School Road who have ditches on their property to keep them well maintained. We have set out below some of the responsibilities of residents and ask please that this advice is followed. Thank you to those residents who do currently maintain their ditches.

If you have an ordinary watercourse (or ditch) running through your land or along the boundary of your property you are likely to be the riparian owner or joint riparian owner, unless the watercourse is known to be owned by someone else.

Your responsibilities as a riparian owner

As a riparian owner you have responsibilities in relation to the watercourse flowing through or adjacent to your property.  Your legal duties are to:

  • Pass on flow without obstruction, pollution or diversion affecting the rights of others.
  • Maintain the bed and banks of the watercourse (including trees and shrubs growing on the banks), and for clearing any debris, natural or otherwise, including litter, even if it did not originate from your land. 
  • Keep the bed and banks clear of any matter that could cause an obstruction, either on your land or by being washed away by high flow to obstruct a structure downstream. 
  • Keep clear any structures that you own such as culverts and trash screens.

These are some but not all of your responsibilities, and failure to carry these out could result in possible civil action from others up stream of the water course.

Your responsibilities as a riparian owner are based on the following legislation:Flood and Water Management Act 2010

  • The Land Drainage Acts of 1991 and 1994
  • Water Resources Act 1991
  • National Rivers Authority (now the Environment Agency) Land Drainage byelaws 1981
  • The Public Health Act 1936

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28 Nov 2017, 07:08