Website launched to save Coastguard stations

Liverpool Coastguard dealt with over 1200 incidents last year - many of them in the Solway

Liverpool Coastguard dealt with over 1200 incidents last year - many of them in the Solway

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MOMENTUM is building to fight for Liverpool Coastguard Station’s survival which would maintain the safety of Galloway’s 200 miles of coastline after a website was set up called ‘Save Liverpool Coastguard’ which allows users to sign an online petition.

From North Wales to the Mull of Galloway, the four main lakes in the Lake District, and the waters around the Isle of Man, the coastguard officers at Liverpool coordinate the response to many and varied emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year but is facing the axe under government proposals.

From October, if the plans go ahead, the Crosby-based station will be closed, handing responsibility over to Belfast - an already very busy centre.

They are the only Coastguard station to have liaison duties with agencies from Wales, England, Scotland, and also the Isle of Man and last year dealt with 1218 incidents.

Clyde Coastguard are also responsible for covering part of the waters off Galloway and last week we highlighted the plight of many local voluntary staff who have signed petitions fighting for their bases to be retained.

SNP MSP Aileen MacLeod has this week contacted UK transport ministers to raise her concerns over the plans, saying the

The Solway is currently split, with Clyde and Liverpool MRCCs taking responsibility for different parts of the area. Both centres are still set to close under the UK Government’s new proposals, which begs the question; how is the Solway going to be covered in the future?

“This is a fundamental issue, particularly if there is a drive, as I think there should be, to increase leisure and commercial activity in the Solway.

“The consultation itself seeks no views on this matter. It is silent on how cover would be provided under the revised proposals and doesn’t invite any comment on that issue either.

“That is why I have written to both the UK Transport Minister Mike Penning and Scotland’s Transport Minister Keith Brown, to highlight my concerns to both of them and to ask Mr Penning to explain clearly what exactly his proposals mean for Coastguard services for the whole of the Solway.”

You can sign the petition for Liverpool Coastguard and read about their work at www.saveliverpoolcoastguard.org and view the fight for Clyde at www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveclydecoastguard.