Torridge councillors object to coastguard closure plan
TORRIDGE councillors are calling on the district council to make official objection to proposed government plans to close Swansea Coastguard Station.
The council’s overview and scrutiny committee has recorded its objection and backed a call by Hartland and Bradworthy councillor Brian Redwood recommending the full council to do so when it meets next Monday.
The committee also recommended that the council should promote its objection as widely as possible and called on individual councillors to encourage community response to an internet petition.
In a presentation to the committee, Cllr Redwood said Swansea was the second busiest coastguard station in the UK and its loss would deprive most of South Wales and the West Country of men with local knowledge of the Bristol Channel and River Severn estuary, which could delay rescue attempts.
In addition to the loss of local knowledge and potential delays, he pointed to increased shipping movements likely with the coming of the Atlantic Array windfarm, potential cutbacks to Chivenor Search and Rescue, the amount of public concern already registered and possible reduction in ability to monitor pollution incidents.
You may also want to watch:
When Hartland Coastguard Station was closed in 1989 one of the justifications was the proximity of Swansea, he said.
- 1 Volunteers come together to spruce up Barnstaple Train Station
- 2 Appeal launched to raise £100,000 for new play equipment in Bideford
- 3 More than 530 nights in a tent - Max Woosey wins Young Hero Award
- 4 New council led leisure company Active Torridge appoints director
- 5 New home grown manager for South Molton Swimming Pool
- 6 7 top tips to help you find the perfect wedding venue
- 7 Murder investigation launched in Bideford after woman found dead
- 8 North Devon's Amy Riley takes her motorsports dream to next level
- 9 Council leader calls Government 'incompetent' and warns of 'winter of discontent'
- 10 Mission: Unbreakable back with a bang for 2021