Save Swansea Coastguard from Closure
17th September 2011Coastguards and the people of Swansea are reeling following the shock announcement that Swansea Coastguard station is to close with the result of 28 job losses.
The announcement follows a U-Turn by the weak Con-Dem Government that has resulted in the planned closure of some coastguard services including neighbouring stations in Milford Haven and Holyhead being saved... This follows a huge campaign by PCS union and local campaigners who fought to keep Milford Haven and Holyhead open with local protests and a 20,000 signature sent to David Cameron.
Swansea coastguard service which under the original Con-Dem plans was due to be downgraded and not planned to shut now seems to have become an unnecessary casualty in order to prevent the con –dems admitting they are a weak government and all cuts to public services are not necessary.
Swansea Coastguard station is one of the busiest stations in the UK, which covers one of the largest natural deepwater harbours in Europe and deals with a vast expanse including an area with three refineries, numerous beaches which have an extensive tourist trade and has to rescue an increasing number of people each year. Swansea Coastguard station also covers the Devon coastline and the Bristol Channel.
Last year the number of incidents that Swansea coastguards attended was more than 2000. This is another example of how the safety of people are being put at risk by the cuts and puts pay to the myth the front line services will not be affected.
Sian Thomas a PCS rep who was heavily involved with the Milford Haven campaign said “It is brilliant news that Milford and other stations are to be kept open and shows that campaigning does work. However the closure of Swansea is unnecessary and dangerous to the people who unfortunately need the coastguard service each year. The coastguard service needs more resources not less and proves the government’s stance on cuts is just an ideological, politically driven excuse to decimate the public sector”.
At the time of writing a campaign to save Swansea coastguard service has been set up including a facebook page.
Petition: Save Swansea Coastguard
Public Meeting, Friday 22nd July
Website: Save Swansea Coastguard