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Highland Council leader supports joint taskforce in opposition to Stornoway coastguard cuts (23/12/10)
The Highland Council is proposing the establishment of a joint lobby group to respond to the UK Government's plans to close Stornoway Coastguard Station, leaving Aberdeen as the only 24-hour coastguard rescue centre in Scotland.
Councillor Michael Foxley, Leader of The Highland Council’s Administration, said: “We intend joining forces with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to ensure that the Stornoway Coastguard Station remains open. I have visited this facility on several occasions during our campaign to improve shipping safety in the Minches which led to the arrival of the emergency tug. This facility is essential to safeguard our coastal communities, vital shipping, visiting yachtsmen, and the imminent development of marine renewables.”