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Thursday, 14 July 2011 (3016810)
Crosby Coastguard station set to close
by Natasha Young

THE Government has decided to close Crosby's Coastguard station, as part of a ‘modernisation' of the service.

The Department for Transport today (July 14) announced plans to axe the Liverpool station, based in Crosby, along with Clyde, Forth, Portland, Yarmouth, Brixham, Thames and Swansea centres progressively by 2015.

Despite a campaign to save it, the Crosby site was scrapped in favour of keeping the Holyhead base in Wales “in light of the decision to keep one station from each pair, and concerns about Welsh language communication”.

Announcing the decision, following a consultation that ended on May 5, the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, said: “The key drivers behind the modernisation proposals are the need to address the limited resilience of current arrangements, distribute more effectively the workload experienced by different Coastguard stations, and provide enhanced opportunities for Coastguard officers to develop professional skills, with pay levels reflecting enhanced responsibilities. There is also a need to contribute to the wider deficit reduction agenda.”

He added: “Our strategic objectives in this exercise remain unaltered. But throughout the consultation process I have been clear that we were willing to listen to views of the public, coastguard staff and other interested parties on the best way to deliver the outcomes we need to achieve.”

For a full report, see next week's Champion.


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