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Defibrillator plan for Castletown

By Gordon Calder

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PLANS are being made to install four defibrillators in Castletown, members of the local community council have been told.

Chairman Billy Dunbar said funds of £6000 have been secured to put in three of the life-saving devices which give a high-energy electric shock to the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.

The defibrillators would be located at the local primary school car park, the Free Church hall and Olrig Place.

A fourth is being fitted by the village butcher in his Main Street premises as part of a national scheme to fit 250 in butcher shops throughout Scotland.

Castletown plans to have four defibrillators
Castletown plans to have four defibrillators

Mr Dunbar said the village is so long it needs four of the devices to cover the entire area. Each one will cover an area about 500 metres.

The community councillors agreed it would be good to have the devices at the various locations in Castletown as they could help save a life.

Mr Dunbar hopes the defibrillators will be installed by the middle of next month.

Earlier, members again expressed concern about hedges and shrubs that are sticking out on the pavements in some parts of the village.

They are forcing people and children on their way to school to step off the pavement and onto the road to get by them in places, it was stated.

It was said to be "really bad" on the Dunnet road and in some sections of Calder Square. It was agreed to take the matter up with Highland Council.

The community council is also to press the local authority to repair the railings at the local war memorial.

Mr Dunbar said: "The railings need to be done and it would be good to get them done in time for Remembrance Day in November."

Thurso and Northwest Highland councillor Matthew Reiss is to take the issue up with the local authority.

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