Chivenor campaign hits Downing Street

Today (Thursday) North Devon MP Nick Harvey, along with local campaigners Bob and Judith Thompson visited 10 Downing Street to present the Government with an 18,000 strong petition protesting plans to cut search and rescue hours at Chivenor. Mr Harvey sa

Today (Thursday) North Devon MP Nick Harvey, along with local campaigners Bob and Judith Thompson visited 10 Downing Street to present the Government with an 18,000 strong petition protesting plans to cut search and rescue hours at Chivenor.

Mr Harvey said: "It is very encouraging how the whole of North Devon has rallied behind this cause - we have to signal to the Government that future SAR provision has to be right from the word go. Ultimately people's lives are at stake."

The petition objects to the Government's plans to reduce the operating hours at Chivenor from 24 to 12 as part of a UK-wide privatisation of the service.

The largest number of signatures - some 11,000 - was collected via a Facebook campaign organised by the father-daughter team of Bob and Judith Thompson.


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Signatures were also collected via Mr Harvey's website, petitions at Sainsbury's in Roundswell and Barnstaple Pannier Market, plus those at Braunton Parish Council and shops in Barnstaple, Lynton and Lynmouth, Combe Martin, Mortehoe and Woolacombe.

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