AM regrets Swansea Coastguard closure

2011 Tachwedd 22 5:07 PM
Cyhoeddwyd yn wreiddiol gan Peter Black a Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Gorllewin De Cymru

Commenting on the news that Swansea Coastguard Station will be closed Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales West, Peter Black said :

"I have consistently opposed the plans to close Swansea Coastguard Station and very much regret that the strong case put together by the cross-party campaign has not been listened to.

This coastguard station covers the busiest waters in the United Kingdom, including the Bristol Channel. It staff had specialist knowledge of the area that cannot be replaced and were able to coordinate a number of rescues as a result. There must be a very real risk that lives will be lost as a result of this decision by the Minister.

"I do not believe that there is sufficient capacity and expertise at Milford Haven to cover the role fulfilled at Swansea. I also find the reasons given for closure as bizarre. This should not have been about employment but safety.

I would urge the unions representing staff at Swansea to consider a judicial review of this decision."

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