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Old 19 May 2011, 03:57   #1
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U turn on coastguard closures

In the papers today! Coastguard closures binned. Would only have saved 210m over 25 years.

Good news all round for boaters, employees and the public in my view.
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Old 19 May 2011, 04:06   #2
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Sounds good

"Britain's coastguard stations are to be spared as ministers are set to scrap plans to close more than half of them after an outcry from Conservative MPs.

The Government had planned to shut 11 of 19 stations and cut the rest's opening hours.

Critics said the closures would jeopardise lives because of the loss of local knowledge. They included Tory MP Sheryll Murray, whose husband died in a fishing accident in March."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...d-2285902.html
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Old 19 May 2011, 05:15   #3
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Excellent News
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Coastguard closures binned.
Hmm..not sure. The BBC website suggests "some planned closure will be dropped...", "...press ahead with shutting some..." and "extended the consultation..."

So, could be anything between something and nothing
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Falmouth was the 'biggy' on the list. They had a ministerial visit there yesterday.
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Welsh news site has a tad more detail...

Government 'set to reverse coastguard closure plans' - Wales News - News - WalesOnline
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It's potentially good news, but we're holding our breath.

The devil will be in the detail - there's too many "ifs and maybes" at the moment. And there's always the thought that they'll simply achieve the same thing over a few years by salami slicing and closures under the radar. Don't forget, that's how day watch closures and the MRCC closures at Land's End, Hartland, Moray, etc were done. By the time the protests started at the closure of the last station, it was too late.
The service does need to modernise and change, but slash and burn isn't the way, especially given the farce over regional fire control which was so resolutely opposed by...ah yes, one Mike Penning MP (now Shipping Minister) when in opposition.
The people at MCA HQ behind these plans aren't going anywhere, and I suspect neither are their overall aims...
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