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Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessels no risk assessment so far!

Many of my regular readers (if there are any) will see that I have great concern about cuts to the Coastguard service both here in Cornwall and generally. (my earlier post on the subject) It is also of great concern that the government plans to scrap the Emergency Towing Vessels around the UK coast, the Cornish based vessel being the Anglian Princess, pictured above. Which I blogged about at the end of last year, (the post explains more about the vessel and it's role). The Celitc League has been campaining on this issue and it emerges from a letter sent to them from the MCA that there has as yet no risk assesment of the impact of the loss of these vital tugs. Read the Celtic League's press release here: ETV RISK ASSESSMENT.

It just seems that like the cuts to the Coastguard stations the government has decided to cuts services and then is tailoring assessments and consultations to fit these forgone conclusions. It can't be stressed enough that in emergency services like the…

March 26 and the Cornish anti cuts movement

Anybody interested in the anti-cuts movement in Cornwall and the protection of public services from the Thatcherite axe. Would do well to read the blogs of:

March the Fury and his unique perspective on the days events in London on March 26th and particularly insightful his view from Trafalgar Square.

Make a Left Turn also Keith Shilson's blog about a group from Cornwall who also attended the March 26 rally.

Blogs like these are vital for those of us who couldn't make it all the way to London (300 miles or so, either way) to take part but were there in spirit. It goes to show the strong feeling of people here in Cornwall against the cuts agenda and the real and present worries not only of peoples jobs and the economy but of services that many people rely upon. I have great admiration for those who took the long coach journey to London, who speak for many of us and were there representing themselves and the growing number concerned about the Thatcherite cuts agenda, and the damag…

Save our Coastguard Stations

The coaliton plans to downgrade the Coastguard service provided by Falmouth station and to generally slash the cover available verges on the insane. Although they like to carp on about modernisation and providing a better service this is simply not true. It emerged a few days ago that fundamental aspects of the changes had simply not even been considered, a prime example being the fact that the 'proposals' had not considered whether 999 calls might go unanswered, prompting scathing criticism from the Public and Commercial Services Union. As the This is Cornwall website reported: Risk assessed 'on back of a fag packet' . This follows the revelation that the proposed cuts to the number of operational stations were planned before the before the government scrapped the Nimrod fleet, (The Press and Journal) Thus their have been no allowances in the plans for what affect this lack of communication aircraft would have on maritime safety and pressures on Coastaguard services.…

Happy St Piran's day

Firstly, Happy St Piran's Day or in Kernewek Dy'Gool Sen Piran Lowen.  
I know on my blog that I often am very negative, like many people I have grave concerns about some of the things that politicians are doing to Cornwall like not respecting our border. More generally the cuts and how they will affect the NHS, the Fire Brigade, the Coastguard, Libraries etc etc etc
But this time I though I would be a bit more positive, the true nature of celebrating days like St Piran's is to have fun, to drink and be merry, see friends and family and above all celebrate. Cornwall has many fine festivals such as Penzance's Golowan- Mazey Day, Montol, Murdoch Day, Trevithick Day, Padstow Obby Oss, Helston Flora Day, Bodmin Riding and so the list so goes on. I always look forward to these events, it is nice to see the community coming together, having fun and letting their hair down. In this vein it is great to see the Pirantide festivities are growing both in number and the scale of…