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North East Fife MP, Sir Menzies Campbell, believes there is still a lack of information available regarding controversial proposals to reorganise the UK Coastguard service.

Last year, the UK government launched a consultation exercise about their plans which would see the station at Fife Ness closed.

Sir Menzies has already described the plans as a “proposed reorganisation too far” and told UK Transport secretary Phillip Hammond the case for retaining Fife Ness is overwhelming.

Speaking after a public meeting held in Anstruther by the Marine and Coastguard Agency, the MP added: “In spite of the public meeting, a fair number of questions remain to be answered.

“The officials present were as helpful as they could be but the impression left was that there are many blanks which still require to be filled. It seems to be the case that there have only been limited attempts to test the proposals for reorganisation and those that have taken place and have had their results published.

“Much of the discussion took place around the issue of local knowledge and it was notable that the local sea farers were the most sceptical. “

In December, the UK government announced plans to cut the number of coastguard stations leaving just three 24-hour operational centres as well as five sub-centres open during daylight.

The government said they wanted to “provide high-quality and demanding jobs for our coastguards, with the job weight and pay reflecting the increased demands placed upon them in line with civil service pay guidelines”.