The Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign (CLC) was formed on July 4th 2017 in response to the RNLI’s decision to strip New Quay of its All-weather Lifeboat in 2020, replacing it with an Atlantic 85 inshore vessel.
Although the New Quay Lifeboat Crew was ready and willing to challenge the decision from the outset, it was considered important that the campaign should harness the energies of members of the wider coastal and seafaring communities in the region. Every member of these communities, angered both by the irresponsible decision itself and by the RNLI’s indifference to their concerns, now fears for the future of life-saving on the Welsh coast – 70 miles of which the RNLI plans to leave vulnerable and unprotected by All-weather Lifeboat provision.
The community-driven CLC action group is made up of representatives of local fishermen, boat trip operators, yacht clubs, rowing clubs, long-time fundraisers, and other committed supporters of New Quay Lifeboat Station. There are also crew members in the group, independently supporting the campaign in their own right.
All the action group members have constantly stated their unswerving loyalty and commitment to the high values and principles of the RNLI. Their issue is purely with the decision, which has been poorly arrived at and appallingly delivered.
Our MP is building up cross-party political support in Westminster; the Leader of the House of Commons and members of the House of Lords have already backed our campaign. We have support too from a growing number of Welsh Assembly Members, including the Presiding Officer, and the unanimous backing of Ceredigion County Council. The Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, the Welsh Fisherman’s Association, and a wide range of other groups, associations, communities, and influential individuals across the UK have also offered their support.
To all those listed above, and to the 15,000+ people who have signed our petition, we are very grateful for your support. We also give heartfelt thanks to local business and individuals for sponsorship, donations and moral support, and to the professional people in a number of fields who have given their services for free.
The RNLI thought that our challenge to their bad decision and intransigent arrogance would crumble. Far from it: we become increasingly organised and determined more than ever to challenge and overturn this decision which places the lives and wellbeing of future crew and seafarers off the Ceredigion coast and beyond at unwarranted risk.
Chair, Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign.