RNLI plans to go on show

PLANS for a proposed new lifeboat station in Portishead will be unveiled at a meeting on Wednesday.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), which agreed to take the Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat under its wing if a suitable operational home could be found, has drawn up plans to transform the old Masonic Lodge in Pier Road into a boathouse.

The public are invited to an open meeting at the Royal Inn, also in Pier Road, between 5.30-8.30pm.

A statement issued by the RNLI says the design has been developed drawing on the character of the 1860s, while adding a contemporary feel to the new facility. RNLI representatives and members of the design team will be at the meeting to answer questions.

An RNLI spokesman said: “The real purpose of the meeting is to keep residents of the Fisherman’s Village and other immediate local residents informed and provide them with an opportunity to view and comment on the plans prior to any formal planning application. We have been in regular communication with the neighbours since we first identified the site as a possible location for the new lifeboat station.”

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A full planning application is expected to be made within the next six weeks, when there will be the usual opportunity for inspection of the full drawings and for comment during the planning consultation period.

If the RNLI adopts the Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat, while it will benefit from a wider support network, it will remain a community organisation and will still rely heavily on the support of local people to keep it operational.

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