In a Full Council meeting on 7 December, the Council unanimously passed a motion in support of New Quay Lifeboat Station. The motion is in response to plans from the RNLI to downgrade the New Quay Lifeboat Station to an inshore Lifeboat when the service of its All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020.

In the motion, the Council called on the RNLI to retain the All-Weather Lifeboat capability in New Quay, noting that the New Quay Lifeboat Station covers 70 miles of coastline. The motion also stated that some parts of Cardigan Bay will be an hour and a quarter travel by the nearest All-Weather Lifeboat should the New Quay station be downgraded.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Elizabeth Evans and was seconded by Councillor Gareth Lloyd. The local member for New Quay, Councillor Dan Potter received dispensation to speak on the matter but not to vote from the Ethics and Standards Committee.

Councillor Evans said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously passed this motion. It’s very important that we send a strong message stressing the importance of an All-Weather capacity at New Quay Lifeboat Station.”

Councillors discussed and passed the motion. The motion will now be presented to the RNLI.