Readers react to proposals for RNLI station by Marine Lake

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 May 2018

The Cove restaurant at Marine Lake.

The Cove restaurant at Marine Lake.


Social media users have had their say after Weston RNLI announced it hopes to convert the former Cove Restaurant into a lifeboat station.

The RNLI has been without a base in the town since leaving the derelict Birnbeck Pier in 2014, and its search for a new home has been plagued by delays.

Fundraising efforts for a new station have been well backed by Westonians, with hundreds of thousands of pounds raised.

And bosses believe they have found the best location in Weston in the eatery, by Marine Lake, supporters were told at its AGM this month.

A back-up option of the Crazy Hills golf course, in Knightstone Road, is also being considered.

A poll of 246 people on the Mercury website found 72 per cent believe the Cove is a good spot for an RNLI station.

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Maureen Prigent-Sparry said: “That’s a brilliant place for them to be located, good choice. Well done to all the wonderful people who do such an amazing job to save lives.”

Andrew Foster said: “Good location, but how would this impact Marine Lake?”

Linda Taylor wrote: “You know the best place for it to be is where it was. Pull down the old pier, because let’s face it it’ll never be redone. Build a new walkway just for RNLI then build a new station at the bottom where the old one used to be.

“It’s going to cost a lot wherever they build it so why not there?”

Don Bailey wrote: “How would that affect the fine esplanade which runs past the Cove? That’s a very popular walk, all year round.

Sue Congram commented: “I think it’s a brilliant place. And to all the moaners which will more than likely come out of woodwork, we should think ourselves lucky we have such dedicated people risking their lives to save others.

“Weston should give the RNLI the best place possible to do its job, even if to some it may cause a little inconvenience.”

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