Wooler Parish Council

FIRST RESPONDER ROLE EXPLAINED

Community first responders are aiming to reduce response times.

Wooler first responder Mark Mather explained: “It’s really to try and cut down response times. If the paramedics are elsewhere it cuts down how quickly someone can get there.”

First responders are contacted by the ambulance service, and sent to patients as well as paramedics.

“We get called out to a variety of things such as breathing difficulties, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, stroke, diabetes, seizures,” Mark said.

“We can’t attend people under the age of 16, fire related or trauma calls, suspected spinal injuries, RTCs, or any incidents to do with drink or drugs - we’re not trained for that so it would not be safe for us to go.”

Mark and his colleague cover Wooler on a one week on, one week off basis. They carry GPS tracked pagers and will be called to any job within six miles of where we are.

The parish council praised the voluntary service.

TOWN EMBLEM DESIGN CHOSEN

The parish council judged entries from Glendale Middle School for the competition to design an emblem for the town.

Impressed with the high standard of entries, members struggled to pick the winner, which will be announced in due course when councillors visit the school to present the prizes.

RESIDENTS ASKED TO PICK UP AFTER PETS

Dog mess is a serious issue in the town. The parish council is calling on residents to clean up after their pets. Coun Brian Patterson said: “It’s handy at the moment because people just kick leaves over and away they go.” Rings will be sprayed around piles of poo to show owners their actions are not unnoticed.

Glendale film club proving a success

The Glendale Film Club is going well. A film has been shown in the Cheviot Centre each month since February. The club, aimed at children and young people, is grateful to the U3A which has shared its license, and the Archibold Trust for a £200 grant. A film about a Fantastic Fox will be shown this Saturday.

OVER FLOWING BINS ‘NOT GOOD ENOUGH’

Bob Hodgson, new north area waste manager, attended the meeting after the council complained about overflowing bins in the town. Looking at photos the parish provided, Mr Hodgson admitted the current situation was not good enough. He said he would address the situation but asked for time to settle into the post.