This is a copy of a letter sent to our Prime Minister to try and remove the blinkers from his eyes regarding the closures of Coastguard Stations. It is in reply to the insipid response received to the original letter.
Rt Hon David Cameron PM
10 Downing Street
Dear Mr Cameron,
Thank you for your letter of the 16 April 2012 regarding the closure of nine Coastguard Coordination Centres.
I would however challenge some of your conclusions including that: “The plans do not effect the provision of front-line services through our volunteer Coastguards or our Search and Rescue partners”.
There are 10 flaws in the government’s plan that will have a significant impact on the safety of all Volunteer SAR crews. Additionally, your assertions pay scant regard for the HM Coastguard Coordination staff that are the most vital element to any Rescue situation.
The document attached, has been written by a member of the public with no connection to MCA, HM Coastguard or Voluntary Rescue service.
The information has been assimilated from publicly available sources and conversations with knowledgeable sources.
It is therefore extremely significant that, such a person is able to find great variety of facts which (in the main come from the MCA) provide such considerable concern about the safety of the HM Coastguard plan for the future.
In short, the list of concerns raises serious doubt about the plan to such an extent it would be foolhardy and downright irresponsible for this plan to continue.
It is in the Government’s / Public’s best interest to halt HM Coastguard closures immediately and instigate an independent review.
NB: Copy of documents have been sent to Minister Mike Penning MP