Have Your Say On Coastguard Stations

There's a chance to have your say later on plans for big changes to the 18 coastguard stations round the country.

Bosses want to close 10 of them in the next four years - and have one big centre on the south coast, one in the north and six smaller ones scattered across the UK.

They say it'll make the service more efficient.

Tom Elder from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it'll also mean the current centres in Dorset and Hampshire closing:

"There will be a new maritime operation centre somewhere in the Southampton/Portsmouth area although the exact location hasn't been decide. Because of this, the centres at Lee-on-Solent and on Portland will be fazed out and staff transferred."

The closures will mean around 240 jobs going over the next four years.

"We're not trying to save money here, where trying to make the service more effective and efficient for the future. Any money we do save over the coming years we're hoping to put back into the organisation."

In response to concerns that fewer centres might put more lives at risk, Mr. Elder added:

"We've done some exercises to imagine the worst day in the history of the coastguards and the events which could unfold, and this has shown that the new system would be able to cope with that."

The first meeting was hekld in Gosport on 1st March, but there will also be another one in Weymouth next Tuesday (8th March).

It also starts at 7.30pm and will take place at:

All Saints Church of England School

Sunnyside Road

Wyke Regis

Weymouth

Dorset, DT49BJ

The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk .

Comments

Surely you have something to say?

Be the first to comment.

What do you think about "Have Your Say On Coastguard Stations"

(Required) denotes a required field

Please leave

This field requires attention

This field requires attention

Maximum 400 characters

This field requires attention

This field requires attention

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Warren Hayden

12pm - 4pm

Email the show

Text 82122

Warren Hayden

On TV: Merry Quiz-mas!

2pm - 4pm

Watch heart TV

  • The Pretenders 2000 Miles

    Now

    iTunes

  • Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas

    14:00

    iTunes

  • Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You

    13:57

    iTunes

  • Sam Smith Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

    13:53

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Dorset

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter