[Talk-GB] defibrillators - was: phone boxes used for other purposes

Ed Loach edloach at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 15:51:56 UTC 2016

I spent some time not that long ago trying to survey all the ones in Tendring using the list available at 


as a starting point of where to look.


I’ve fed back to them some spelling mistakes that are on their list (they’ve not corrected them yet), and mentioned one that they aren’t aware of (I need to get Morrisons at Waterglade in Clacton to let them know officially before they can add it). There are also a couple on their list that I can’t find. Possibly inside the swimming pool and office that are mentioned, but not externally accessible outside opening hours when I surveyed, so they aren’t in OSM yet. I might try and get back during opening hours at some point, but this suggests we might need opening hours tags (or maybe access tags if they are only for customers, for example) for those not always accessible.


I used Overpass to view them



The reason I mapped them was because our CAMRA branch decided to apply for some available funding to purchase some for local village pubs, getting the funding for all three that we applied for. One of the conditions was that there weren’t any near where we were applying to add another. So I needed to know where the existing ones were, and the overpass map seemed perfect for that. One of the pubs that was originally suggested already had one on the outside. Anyway, the three have been delivered to the pubs, and the one I know has been attached to the pub I mapped yesterday. One of the other two is (or will be) at the pub around the corner from another new one I need to survey


as it appears the different funding sources don’t co-ordinate (or the Firs decided to get their own). The final one is (or will be) at the Plough in Great Bentley.


This story is another reason why we might want to consider access tags:






From: Brian Prangle [mailto:bprangle at gmail.com] 
Sent: 21 April 2016 09:57
To: Paul Berry
Cc: Talk GB
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] phone boxes used for other purposes


Well as we have a healthcare QP running which seems not to have generated a community focuslike we did with schools and there's some interest in defibs - why not get cracking on this for the rest of the QP?




On 19 April 2016 at 12:21, Paul Berry <pmberry2007 at gmail.com> wrote:

On the subject of defibrillators, they could make a useful GB mapping
project. They need surveying, but it is something that both urban and
rural mappers could get out and find on the lighter evenings.


I quite agree. I've just mapped two near me (one in an old phone box, one affixed to the wall of a shop).


I suspect there are far more out there than would be apparent from the map: http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/defibrillators-uk_81299#8/53.635/-2.304




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