Yachtsmen and townspeople in Weymouth launch campaign to create Portland Coastguard supercentre

Yachtsmen and

townspeople in Weymouth have launched a campaign to create a new supercentre to

replace Portland coastguard station.

Portland is

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

Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Consultation

plans aimed at modernising the service propose closing nine coastguard bases – Portland, Brixham, Solent, Swansea, Liverpool, Clyde,

Forth, Great Yarmouth, and the Thames station in Essex – by the end

of 2015.

A new

Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) would be established in the Southampton or

Portsmouth area to cover the South Coast – but Dorset people believe they can

get the MOC established at Weymouth instead.

The Dorset

Echo is leading a ‘Save our Lifesavers’ campaign and says South Dorset MP

Richard Drax and West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin are backing the call.

‘It’s a good

idea,’ Mr Drax said. ‘We are smack-bang in the middle of the South Coast, the local authority has a possible building in which the centre could be housed,

and it would preserve the professionalism and expertise that we have built up

over the years and generations down here to keep people safe in and out of the water.’

For more visit www.dorsetecho.co.uk