Day-light Coastguard stations ‘non-starter’

DISCUSSIONS over the fate of the UK’s Coastguards is continuing at a meeting of the Transport Select Committee today (Thursday, May 19) in the Caladh Inn in Stornoway.

The Committee are hearing evidence and plans from various bodies during the debate, and the Coastguard PCS union have just completed their findings of the proposed changes.

The Union expressed concern at the loss of local knowledge and described daylight stations as a ‘non starter’.

Western Isles Council Leader Angus Campbell has argued that the Coastguard reduction plans are driven by finance, with no regard to safety.

And with Shetland also fearing for their Coastguard station, Shetland councillor Jonathan Wills has branded government reform plans ‘incompetent’.

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