The Government is reported to have decided to reduce the number of Coastguard station closures planned by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency following a tidal wave of protests.
Under the controversial proposals, the number of stations across the UK would have been reduced from 19 to nine. It is now understood that the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond will reprieve some of the threatened Coastguard stations.
It was reported on May 19 that Mr Hammond was responding to arguments he has heard during the extended consultation process, including warnings that the skills of experienced coastguards would be lost if local centres were closed. There has been speculation about the numbers of stations that will now be in the final proposals, and a Government source has indicated that there will be a reduction but it won’t be as large as originally proposed.
It has been reported that under the revised proposals, the MCA will have just two national maritime rescue centres, instead of the three proposed to replace those stations that will be cut.
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