How an old telephone box could soon save lives in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 13:02 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 27 June 2018

The telephone box could house a defibrillator in future. Picture: Google Maps

The telephone box could house a defibrillator in future. Picture: Google Maps

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An old and disused telephone box could be given a new lease of life in Portishead.

Portishead Town Council has been asked to consider purchasing a defibrillator and placing it in the phone box near North Weston Village Hall and the town’s cemetery.

Installation and running costs for the first year are an estimated £2,500 and the authority’s recreation and works committee will consider the proposal tonight (Wednesday) when it meets at the Folk Hall at 7.30pm.

Several defibrillators have been placed around the town and Gordano Valley by Portishead Lions in an effort to reduce cardiac arrest deaths. The charity has earmarked North Weston as an area which would benefit from a defibrillator, but it is not its number one priority.

A number of old red phone boxes have been given a makeover in recent years, with one in Yatton being used as a second-hand book exchange point, whereby readers can discard any novels they have no further use for, and pick up some new literature.

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