Victory for Stornoway Coastguard campaign

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STORNOWAY Coastguard Station is one of eight UK centres to remain operational on a 24 hours basis as Shipping Minister Mike Penning confirmed plans to modernise the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) this week.

Mr Penning said: “The UK coastguard has a great heritage. This is a blueprint for a 21st century Coastguard that commands even greater respect and it will provide an organisation of which coastguards themselves and all of us can be justly proud.”

Proposals for the possible closure and then a reduction of operational hours of the Stornoway station was strongly fought against by the island community who welcome the final confirmation that the centre is set to remain as is.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan commented: “The argument has been won that the Stornoway Station is absolutely essential for safety at sea across a huge area of Scotland’s coastline and I know campaigners in the islands will be delighted with this.”