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Work to start on new look RAF Lyneham

RAF Lyneham Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is due to start on the new training college at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire. South West Wiltshire MP and Security Minister Dr Andrew Murrison will take part in a turf cutting ceremony at the former RAF base this afternoon.

When it's complete, it will bring together technical training for all three forces. It will also include a memorial and garden of remembrance to honour the servicemen and women who were repatriated through the airbase.

Council concerns over Lyneham development plans

RAF Lyneham closed in 2012. Credit: ITV News West Country

Chippenham Town Council has expressed concern about development plans for the Ministry of Defence site at Lyneham.

The site is being turned into a central base for training forces personnel.

The town council says that although they support the development, the extra 5,000 people it will bring will put pressure on roads and public transport.


Families of fallen soldiers in vigil at RAF Lyneham

One of the organisers of the vigil, Jacqui Janes, whose son Guardsman Jamie Janes was killed in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

Families of fallen soldiers who were repatriated through RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire are taking part in a vigil this afternoon as part of their efforts to to save the Chapel of Rest at the former airbase.

The base is being turned into a training centre and accommodation. The Ministry of Defence wants to demolish the prefab building and says there is a new Repatriation Centre at Brize Norton where people can remember fallen servicemen and women.

It says it will be creating a Garden of Remembrance at Lyneham but the campaigners say the Chapel of Rest holds their memories.

The vigil will take place outside the main gates to the base. It starts at 2 pm

Families of fallen soldiers say the Chapel of Rest may be a prefab but it is sacred to them Credit: MoD