Details of proposals for the reorganisation of the Coastguard Service throughout the country, including a total reduction in complement of 179, which are to be discussed by representatives of the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Service Union of which coastguards are members, were recently released.
The Hartland district is planned to include Port Isaac, Boscastle, Bude, Morwenstow, Hartland, Clovelly, Lundy, Westward Ho!, Croyde, Mortehoe, Ilfracombe and Porlock.
Strength would be reduced from six station officers and 16 coastguards to 3 and 12 respectively.
Among proposed changes in types of station are: constant watch to constant night watch, Ilfracombe; constant watch to occasional look-out, Westward Ho!; constant watch to occasional look-out, Croyde.
Members of the Civil Service Union are concerned at the proposals which, they state, must increase the danger to yachts and other small craft and pleasure vessels.
To obtain the strongest case to present at its meeting with the Ministry, the union has written to British yacht clubs asking for any views which they may have on the coastguard service in their areas, and which might be helpful in the discussions.
Gazette article dated 1950