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Gordon criticises Government cuts to seaside communities

Gordon has critisised the Government for the continued cuts to seaside communities and the coastguard in the wake of a number of drownings on British beaches this summer.Coastguard.jpg

He said cuts to local councils in seaside areas such as Blackpool and the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) were making it more difficult to ensure public safety on beaches. Gordon explained that the recent events were a "wake-up call" to the Government.

Gordon, who was previously Shadow Maritime Minister said: "This terrible string of tragedies at the coast this last month at Camber Sands and elsewhere should shine a light on the double challenge to the new Government. 

"It must be making sure that the MCA genuinely has enough capacity and trained staff to respond to emergencies but also looking at providing increased help and funding to coastal councils whose ability to provide adequate lifeguard beach and coast patrols have been hit by severe local government funding cuts to places like Blackpool."

Back in 2014 Gordon visited the Crosby coastguard station (pictured), which served the Fylde coastline before it's closure in January last year. Operations moved to Holyhead with coastguard staff now having to cover the north of Wales all the way up to the west Scottish coast. 

Gordon said the loss of local knowledge and staff would make it harder to keep people safe off the Fylde Coast.

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