Date Set For Closure Of Portland Coastguard Centre
12:52pm 26th September 2013
Portland Coastguard Rescue Centre will close in September next year.
That's despite a fierce campaign fought by locals and South Dorset MP Richard Drax.
The Government say it's part of a modernisation programme that will improve the service.
Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said:
"This is an exciting time. We are moving into a new era for HM Coastguard that will reinforce the ability of our staff to ensure the safety of seafarers and the public. We want to continue being a world-class organisation that is committed to preventing loss of life, improving maritime safety, and protecting the marine environment. At the same time, our Coastguards can look forward to more satisfying and better rewarded careers.
"We realise that this whole change programme will be tough for some of our people, particularly those who feel that they have no future with HM Coastguard. We recognise that, and will do our very best to work with every individual to ensure they are properly equipped and supported in making the best decision for them."