09 FEB 2011

Brixham Coastguard

I met with a delegation from Brixham Coastguard and Transport Minister, Mike Penning MP in Westminster yesterday to discuss the future of the Coastguard services. We presented Mike Penning MP with over 2,000 petition forms from the local community that had been collected through a local newspaper campaign.

The meeting seemed very constructive and we were heartened that the Minster appeared open to suggestions for the consultation and that any alternative ideas that the Brixham Coastguards came up with would be viewed favourably.

I think the delegation from Brixham made a powerful and compelling case for the work of Brixham Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to continue. The Minister listened to their concerns and has committed to looking at their proposals. I hope that we can find a positive way forward to solve this issue.

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