Concerns as sea safety base closes today

Gordon Marsden
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The closure of a regional coastguard centre could lead to understaffing and the loss of experienced staff, a Blackpool MP has argued.

Shadow Maritime Minister and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said the closure of the Liverpool Coastguard Centre today would mean “invaluable” knowledge of the region would be lost, as the service transfers to Holyhead.

He added: “Besides the dangerous and increasing understaffing, it’s been confirmed to me that not a single coastguard has transferred from Liverpool to Holyhead.

“That’s likely to mean an invaluable knowledge of the local coastline has been lost.

“Meanwhile, Holyhead now has to deal with a huge swathe of the English and Scottish west coast.

“If the programme of changes to the Coastguard is not fit for purpose, the Government should be 
addressing this urgently and not allow the facts to be obscured.”

The Government announced in 2011 the 
Crosby-based centre was one of nine stations around the UK which would close.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a new national network would be completed by the end of 2015 which would enable the operations centre and the 10 remaining coastguard stations to work together.