Alan Cairns: St Athan will become one of "UK's key military bases"

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.

– Alun Cairns MP, Vale of Glamorgan

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Pembrokeshire barracks to close

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.