Lobby to save coastguard stations

The Shetland Times reports that council leaders from Shetland, Orkney, the Western Isles and Highland will travel to London to put the case for closure threatened stations in Lerwick and Stornoway.

A hard-hitting document arguing against coastguard closures will today be presented to shipping minister Mike Penning.

A six-man delegation will be made up of SIC convener Sandy Cluness, assistant chief executive Willie Shannon, Western Isles leader Angus Campbell and chief executive Malcolm Burr, Orkney council leader Stephen Hagan and leader of Highland Council Michael Foxley.

A dozen other organisations, apart from the councils, have also had a hand in drawing together the detailed report.

Environmental group Kimo, Lerwick Port Authority, Shetland Fishermen’s Association and Shetland Aquaculture are among the bodies which have become involved.

The meeting comes ahead of a visit to the Lerwick station later this week from MCA chief executive Sir Alan Massey.

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