Suffolk

Shingle Street coastguard station decommissioned

  • 23 February 2011
  • From the section Suffolk

A coastguard station in Suffolk has been decommissioned after more than 100 years of continuous service.

The Shingle Street station at the mouth of the River Ore was built in the 1890s along with a row of cottages that originally housed the coastguards.

The current team of eight has been using the station as a training base and a lookout during emergencies.

But they said satellite navigation and radio directional finding had replaced a lookout with a pair of binoculars.

The volunteer coastguards who cover the sector from Woodbridge to Orford still do not have a new base to replace the old one.

They keep equipment and vehicles at home.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed the sale of the coastguard station.

However it said it was not part of the cuts from 18 to 10 of the UK's main co-ordination centres which could lead to the loss of coastguard bases at Great Yarmouth and Walton-on-the-Naze.

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