shetlandpeat Posted March 4, 2011 Report Share Posted March 4, 2011 I too was there, it was a good turn out considering there was only one meeting for all of Shetland. Some were able to get down from Unst. Many folk did not get their question aired, I was one of them and there were several more who wanted continue after giving the briefest of answers. Another thing was that the meeting is to be transcribed from the audio they took, although they were very happy, or not too concerned that some folk did not get the mic, so perhaps their text may be different from the actual event. After meeting Mike and Alex, I found out the true extent of the Coastguards cover and the types of things they get involved in.I can see the worry mentioned at the meeting about the local side of stuff, as folk mentioned that when the Orkney Coastguard shut down, many of the volunteers left as well. That too could happen here. The folk at the Knab Station are worried about the cover that will be, or could be lost. With them jumping on the back of the new fiber cable being installed and the manipulation of the figures the MCA, ITC and BT have steamed ahead to try to cut money. There was talk of long delays if certain routes to the Aberdeen MOC became lost, and ca constant drone of how difficult Shetland was to get to, then someone corrected the speaker and said Shetlanders find it difficult to get to Scotland. There should be more meetings, especially at well used ports, but, you rely on the Coastguard for ALL search and rescue, on land as well as the sea. Linking all the stations together is a sensible move, but you should still have 24hr cover. With the scaling down of the Police Force, the fiasco with the Ambulance call center and the Fire Call center. Life is gonna get risky. Tavish mentioned about the lack of a risk assessment and was told there was one, his reply was that it, or part of it was 3 years old. I think he could have worded his original question. Spot on Stephen Gordon for his piece in the Times I read Thursday night. Keep the pressure on, don't loose it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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