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
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.
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."
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.
Concerns were raised over the future of Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, earlier this year.
The barracks houses some 700 military personnel as home of the 14th Signals Regiment and plays a massive role in the economy of west Wales.