Assembly Member welcomes lifeline for Swansea Coastguard Station

May 19, 2011 3:15 PM
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the news that UK coastguard station closure plans are to be 'scaled back'.

Commenting on the announcement that Ministers have extended a consultation on the plans, Mr. Black said: "This is good news. It offers hope for the Mumbles Coastguard station, which was to be the only one in Wales but operating only for 12 hours a day. I have consistently opposed these plans and have raised my concerns with the Transport Secretary in Westminster.

"Our waters are among the busiest in the UK so it is essential that we have a service fit for purpose. I have visited the Coastguard Station and seen first-hand the vital work they do monitoring the Bristol Channel and coordinating rescues. The expert and local knowledge in Swansea Coastguard station is essential to those rescues ending successfully.

"I will be contacting my colleagues in Westminster during this extended consultation period to reiterate why it is essential that Swansea Coastguard Centre remains in operation.

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