Arbroath RNLI encouraged by council response to new lifeboat

Shannon class lifeboat the Jock and Annie Slater
Shannon class lifeboat the Jock and Annie Slater

Following the recent announcement that a Shannon class lifeboat is to be stationed at Arbroath, delegates from Arbroath RNLI and council members met on May 2 to discuss requirements for accommodating the new lifeboat.

Chairing the meeting was Councillor Bob Spink joined by council representatives from the Parks, Roads and Planning departments.

Representing the RNLI were Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath and Lt Col Ian Ballantyne, chairman of the Arbroath lifeboat management group.

The initial discussions were extremely positive and Alex Smith of Arbroath RNLI was delighted with how the meeting went: “The facilities we currently have here at Arbroath are not suitable for the Shannon class lifeboat, so while we are delighted with the recent announcement by the RNLI there is a lot of work to be done locally in terms of how best to accommodate it.

“We are therefore extremely grateful that the council and town representatives came

together at such short notice to discuss how we can move forward. Although we are still at a very early stage, we were very encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by all the council members and we look forward to further positive meetings in the near future.”

Launch and recovery trials of the Shannon class lifeboat are set to take place at Arbroath later this year.