Last week, the Welsh Assembly called for an Independent risk assessment into HM Coastguard Closures in Wales as they believe that losing local knowledge would have a direct impact on leisure & tourism. If you read the Seaside Tragedy & Risk Blindness posts, you will begin to see the genuine fears among all of the UK’s coastal communities in relation to this announcement. There is real anger in many quarters that the whole consultation has ignored many of the concerns raised during the protracted process, with concessions only to appease the total rejection of the plan.
Every existing Coastguard rescue centre has a very unique area of our coastline and seas to build up a intimate local awareness of. The fact that the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) has failed to risk assess closures is beyond comprehension. It is only right that devolved governments, county councils and local authorities look at their situation and act in the best interest of public protection & safety. It is clear that the consultation process into closures made significant changes to the original plan, as many areas had been overlooked or ill considered. Therefore this must reinforce the need for a thorough review of the existing plan. I would even go so far as suggest that a public enquiry is needed to question why MCA has failed to produce proper risk assessments as required to do so under the relevant legislation.
TIME to stop the closures and reassess the plan in respect of public safety, which is the cornerstone of the service.
TIME all devolved governments took matters further by carrying out their own Independent risk assessments.
TIME all county councils considered the impact to their leisure & holiday industry. (Links to legislation & MCA Risk Assessments in previous post.)
Written by Coastal Joe