Purbeck District Council has given the go ahead for new station that will house the town’s next lifeboat

Plans for a new RNLI lifeboat station in

Swanage have been approved by Purbeck District Council.

The charity submitted plans earlier this

year for a new boathouse to replace the existing building, becoming the home of

a 25 knot all-weather Shannon class lifeboat in 2016.

The new vessel, which offers improved speed

and maneuverability, will take the place of an all-weather Mersey class vessel

nearing the end of her operational life.

Due to the larger size of the Shannon class

lifeboat, it needed to be housed in a bigger station.

The brand new station will also offer better

facilities for the volunteer crew, including a changing room and shower room

and a fully-equipped crew training room.

The project is estimated to cost the RNLI

around £3.5m.

Swanage RNLI lifeboat operations manager

Neil Hardy, said: “We’re delighted that the plans have been approved and look

forward to an exciting new stage in the long and rich history of lifesaving in

Swanage.

“Although naturally we’ll be sad to say

goodbye to the current boathouse when the time comes, it’s time to look to the

future and the modern and upgraded facilities the new building will provide for

the volunteer crew.”

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