March to save Stornoway Coastguard station

The Safety First Campaign to save the Stornoway Coastguard Station will be holding a march from Stornoway Town Hall on Saturday, March 19th at 2pm to highlight that the support of the public is still needed as the consultation process that could see the closure of the Stornoway Coastguard Station comes to an end.

The march will leave from the Stornoway Town Hall on South Beach Street at 2pm and walk via Shell Street and Newton Street to the Coastguard Station at Battery Point for 2.30pm where a rally will be held. A walk of just over 1km or half a mile.

This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to show support for the retention of a 24 hour Coastguard presence in the Western Isles to come along and support their local station.

With the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s modernisation consultation process ending on March 24th, campaigners from Safety First hope to encourage people to put their views forward before the opportunity is lost.

Safety First spokesman, Martin Collins, said: “Anyone with an interest in the sea or the coast has the opportunity to respond to this consultation and make their views known.

“You don’t have to live near the coast, anyone who visits the coast or uses the coastal area can put their views and ideas forward.

“This march is to highlight that the consultation process is coming to an end and to make sure that everyone who wants to, has the chance to respond before that chance has gone.

“Join us on Saturday the 19th of March and show your support for the Coastguard.”