Clarity required over the direction of Coastguard following resignation

27 01 2013

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has raised questions over the future direction of Rescue Coordination following the reported recent resignation of Belfast Coastguard Centre Manager, Richard Newell.
“Local and Scottish boatmen are concerned about the consequences of the transfer of large parts of the Clyde Coastguard sea area to the Belfast station based in Bangor which has the responsibility for the North’s entire coastline.”
“Clyde Coastguard was closed on 18th December 2012. I am told that at the time of these major changes, Mr. Newell had made his concerns over safety known”
“The new Operational Area now stretches on the Irish side from Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough and on the Scottish side from the Mull of Galloway to Ardmurchan Point, and includes the Islands of Jura, Gigha, Islay, Arran, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Bute and Cumbrae”
“The public need reassurance that the new areas are manageable and properly resourced and that no reduction in the level of service occurs”.