There's anger in West Wales to news that 600 well paid military jobs are being transferred out of Pembrokeshire and into one of the most wealthy parts of Wales.
14th Signal Regiment is being moved out of Cawdor barracks near Haverfordwest to St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. It's a move that will see a hundred million pounds investment in Wales, but also the closure of the Pembrokeshire base.
Civic leaders there have warned the move will have a devestating effect on the economy of west Wales.
Andrew RT Davies AM is Regional Assembly Member for South Wales Central and leader of the Opposition
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Stephen Crabb is a Welsh Office Minister and represents the constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire, home to Cawdor Barracks.
Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb says that the army reorganisation will see a £100 million investment in Wales as 14th Signal Regiment unit relocate to St Athan.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire close, with 14th Signal Regiment moving to St Athan in 2018.
Whilst it is disappointing that we will see Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire close, these changes are essential for our future Armed Forces. I am pleased that the defence footprint is largely being maintained and that 14th Signal Regiment will be relocating within Wales to St Athan.
It is also expected that Wales specifically will receive much-needed infrastructure investment of approximately £100m to support the rebasing.
Alun Cairns has welcomed the news that the 14th Signal Regiment will move to the MoD base at St Athan.
The Conservative MP who represents the Vale of Glamorgan said that the announcement will "guarantee MoD funds in the area with increased spend from soldiers through to contracts for local builders for structural projects on site."
He said that without the move "St Athan could have been closed for development purposes" but that it will now become "one of the UK’s key military bases."
I am delighted that St Athan has been so successful in this Base Review. Winning the Royal Signals is a coup for St Athan. They are experts in electronic warfare, which along with the presence of Special Forces at the base puts St Athan at the cutting edge of the changes to modern conflict.
The decision, of course has been made on what is right for the forces.
This is a major boost for the community and wider economy. It secures the future of the site, for decades to come. It has been a long campaign and the support from the community has been key.
This announcement represents a costed and funded plan to bring our Army back from Germany... and provide the accommodation our troops deserve fulfilling our commitments to consolidate the Army estate and providing certainty to Army personnel and their families about where they will be based in the future.
The Defence Secretary has confirmed that the 14th Signal Regiment will leave their base at Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire. The 600 military personnel will move to the former RAF St Athan site in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Phillip Hammond announced the changes as part of a major reorganisation of army bases in the UK.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed plans to press ahead with the closure of:
- Howe Barracks in Canterbury
- Claro Barracks, in Ripon, North Yorkshire
- Craigiehall Barracks in Edinburgh
- Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy in Pembrokeshire
- Elements of Redford Barracks, Edinburgh; Forthside Barracks, Stirling; and Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury
The Defence Secretary is expected to announce a major reorganisation of army bases in the UK and Germany today. There is speculation that one of those that will close will be Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire that is home to 700 military personnel from the 14th Signals Regiment.
The plans expected to be announced in the House of Commons this afternoon are also thought to include an expansion of the former RAF St Athan site in the Vale of Glamorgan.