Hundreds have already signed newspaper’s petition

The Dorset Echo has met with an encouraging

response since launching its ‘Save Our Lifesavers’ petition last week. The

campaign was instigated in response to news that Portland coastguard station

faces the axe in the Government’s consultation to restructure the Maritime and

Coastguard Agency (MCA), and hundreds of people have already signed the

petition urging councillors to resubmit plans for the location of a new

coastguard ‘supercentre’.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

sent a letter to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Mike

Penning in February, highlighting five potential areas within the borough where

the supercentre could feasibly be sited. At a full council meeting on Thursday

of last week, councillor Dominic Lonsdale said: ‘The location of the

supercentre is undecided. There’s an intention for it to be in Southampton or

Portsmouth, but it can be sited anywhere.

‘I’m told by a senior member of the

Maritime and Coastguard Agency to resubmit the plan to have it in Weymouth and

Portland. In order for the bid to succeed, we must mobilize support in the

area.’

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard

Agency said that he could not comment upon whether or not the borough council

should resubmit plans. For more details, and to download the petition, visit

www.dorsetecho.co.uk