Rescue service changes

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PEOPLE are being warned they have just a month left to have their say about planned changes to coastguard services.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) “Protecting our Seas and Shores in the 21st Century” consultation is proposing the night-time closure of all but three coastguard stations nationwide.

The move could see the centre on the Humber, which covers Hartlepool and east Durham, being closed out of daytime hours with the nearest then being Aberdeen.

Paul Chapman, Public & Commercial Services Union representative for Humber Coastguard, said: “Coastguard campaign groups from across the country have said that these are the best opportunities for groups, organisations and the general public to have their say on the future of the only national emergency service in the UK.

“There are millions of people who work, live or play around the coast of the UK and the Coastguard are there to provide a service to all of them.

“Help us now so we are here to help you in the future.”

People can respond to the consultation document using the official response form available on the MCA website which is under External Links on the right of this story.