Heckington backs defibrillator scheme

Heckington Parish Council is to get behind a plan to install a life-saving, public access defibrillator in the red phone box on the village green.

The council originally had concerns about losing the public phone in the proposal from BT with the Community Heartbeat Trust. But after Heckington Primary School dropped its plans for a defibrillator, the parish council has agreed to the scheme. Chairman Richard Higgs said: “Although we will lose the land line, we can pay for an emergency 999 service which will take callers directly to the emergency exchange to summon ambulances, police or the operator can give the code to use the defibrillator.”

Donations have been pledged from Heckington Henpeckers club and Heckington Players. The parish council has pledged to pay for half the £1,500 cost.