Thursday, 16 December 2010

Consultation launched over the future of the Coastguard

A consultation has been launched to modernise the Coastguard service across the country.

The process will last for 14 weeks until the 24th Match 2011 and will involve holding local meetings to discuss the proposals, answering questions and listening to the views of local people.  Details of these local meetings can be found by contacting the local Maritime and Coastguard Agency office in Falmouth:

HM Coastguard
Pendennis Point
Castle Drive
TR11 4WZ

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton said “Reform of this vital service is long overdue.  The technology and structure of the Coastguard has remained unchanged for years and needs to be updated.  I would anyone with an interest in the future of the Coastguard to join in the consultation to ensure that we have a modern service that continues to protect our shores and shipping.”

Sarah continued: “I would like to pay tribute to the dedicated men and women of the Coastguard and the volunteers who give their time to protect mariners and the public.  I would like to pay particular tribute to the staff of the Falmouth Coastguard Station and the very fact that the station will remain operational when others are being closed, is testament to their professionalism and a recognition of the vital role that they play.”

Sarah will be visiting the Falmouth Coastguard Station on Tuesday 21st December, to listen closely to the thoughts of the staff regarding changes to the Service.

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