Portland coastguard helicopter campaigners deliver 108,500-petition to Downing Street

Bournemouth Echo: Portland coastguard helicopter campaigners deliver 108,500-petition to Downing Street Portland coastguard helicopter campaigners deliver 108,500-petition to Downing Street

CAMPAIGNERS delivered a 108,500-signature petition to Number 10 calling on the government to save Portland Coastguard helicopter.

Yesterday’s hand-in was the culmination of 18 months of signature collecting and hard work by campaigners who say the helicopter is ‘vital’ and must stay.

The government plans to axe the helicopter in 2017.

Campaigners Belinda Craig, Debbie Joy, Roger Mac-Pherson, Shelley Cutler, Sandra West, Patricia Joy, Dr Ian Mew and MP Richard Drax delivered the petition.

Mrs Craig’s son Jack was one of the three fishermen who died when the Weymouth boat Purbeck Isle was lost off the Dorset coast in 2012.

Mr Drax paid tribute to all the campaigners for all their hard work.

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11:56am Wed 30 Apr 14

burgerboy says...

I bet that petition went through the shredder before they had even got back home.....
typical ignorant government.
I bet that petition went through the shredder before they had even got back home..... typical ignorant government. burgerboy
  • Score: 6

11:59am Wed 30 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

To the Government, yes those we put into Parliament, listen to the what the people have said, 108,000+ of them. Portland SAR must stay. For once use your common sense.

Conor Burns and Tobias Ellwood, why are you not backing this.
To the Government, yes those we put into Parliament, listen to the what the people have said, 108,000+ of them. Portland SAR must stay. For once use your common sense. Conor Burns and Tobias Ellwood, why are you not backing this. TheDistrict
  • Score: 9

3:21pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Townee says...

We put them in government to do our bidding but they just do as they are told and have to follow the party line. Never mind what the people want, we don't want HS2, we want out helicopter, we want lower salaries for MP's and only expenses for things that are necessary not sweets, papers and other things that normal people have to pay for daily.
Local councils need to be more accountable with OUR MONEY and not just waste it on cycle lanes, surf reefs etc.
We put them in government to do our bidding but they just do as they are told and have to follow the party line. Never mind what the people want, we don't want HS2, we want out helicopter, we want lower salaries for MP's and only expenses for things that are necessary not sweets, papers and other things that normal people have to pay for daily. Local councils need to be more accountable with OUR MONEY and not just waste it on cycle lanes, surf reefs etc. Townee
  • Score: 6

9:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Proof Reader says...

Our Coastguard, including the Search & Rescue helicopter, has been scaled down because of privatisation, not as a cost cutting exercise.
The fact is that our military, who were already poised at bases around the country, will not be involved with search & rescue incidents in future. A contract has been awarded to a private American owned company, to provide SAR helicopters and the running of them, (taxpayers money, going abroad).
The closure of the Portland base makes no strategic sense. Although this base has been run by CHC for some time, it's closure is a streamlining for profit idea and not based on a needs basis.
The whole of the south coast of the UK, one of the most populated areas, busiest shipping lanes and holiday destination for many, will be served by just ONE small helicopter based at Lee On Solent. (Although two of these helicopters will be based there, only ONE is in service, due to one set of crew and maintaining).
For it's operational hours, Portland is the busiest Coastguard SAR helicopter, covering Devon, to Hampshire and The Channel Islands and often all areas on the south coast, when other facilities are out on call.
In short, it would be a very drastic blow to our ability to save lives and provide assistance to other emergency services.
Thanks to all who supported the campaign, the government has a duty to think again.
Our Coastguard, including the Search & Rescue helicopter, has been scaled down because of privatisation, not as a cost cutting exercise. The fact is that our military, who were already poised at bases around the country, will not be involved with search & rescue incidents in future. A contract has been awarded to a private American owned company, to provide SAR helicopters and the running of them, (taxpayers money, going abroad). The closure of the Portland base makes no strategic sense. Although this base has been run by CHC for some time, it's closure is a streamlining for profit idea and not based on a needs basis. The whole of the south coast of the UK, one of the most populated areas, busiest shipping lanes and holiday destination for many, will be served by just ONE small helicopter based at Lee On Solent. (Although two of these helicopters will be based there, only ONE is in service, due to one set of crew and maintaining). For it's operational hours, Portland is the busiest Coastguard SAR helicopter, covering Devon, to Hampshire and The Channel Islands and often all areas on the south coast, when other facilities are out on call. In short, it would be a very drastic blow to our ability to save lives and provide assistance to other emergency services. Thanks to all who supported the campaign, the government has a duty to think again. Proof Reader
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

TheDistrict wrote:
To the Government, yes those we put into Parliament, listen to the what the people have said, 108,000+ of them. Portland SAR must stay. For once use your common sense.

Conor Burns and Tobias Ellwood, why are you not backing this.
Conning Burns has to be the worst mp we have ever had.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: To the Government, yes those we put into Parliament, listen to the what the people have said, 108,000+ of them. Portland SAR must stay. For once use your common sense. Conor Burns and Tobias Ellwood, why are you not backing this.[/p][/quote]Conning Burns has to be the worst mp we have ever had. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

9:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

TheDistrict wrote:
To the Government, yes those we put into Parliament, listen to the what the people have said, 108,000+ of them. Portland SAR must stay. For once use your common sense.

Conor Burns and Tobias Ellwood, why are you not backing this.
Conning Burns has to be the worst mp we have ever had.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: To the Government, yes those we put into Parliament, listen to the what the people have said, 108,000+ of them. Portland SAR must stay. For once use your common sense. Conor Burns and Tobias Ellwood, why are you not backing this.[/p][/quote]Conning Burns has to be the worst mp we have ever had. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

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