Jane Dodds

Government must keep Brecon Barracks open

By Callum James Littlemore, Nov 04, 2019 5:11

Jane Dodds MP is calling for the Government to reverse its decision to close Brecon Barracks, following new criticisms from the Welsh Affairs Committee.

In 2016 the UK Government announced Brecon Barracks was to be closed as part of a Government defence review.

The deal would see 91 military bases, including the Barracks in Brecon and the Sennybridge Storage Compound, would be sold off.

Today the Welsh Affairs Committee published their report into the closures, criticising the move and highlighting the risk to both the Welsh economy and society.

Jane Dodds, Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“The Conservatives' decision to close the Brecon Barracks is incredibly short-sighted and will have a huge impact on the local community.

“Towns like Brecon have a long and proud military history, with the Barracks having been a staple of the community for over 200 years, and its closure will be a huge blow to the town and the local economy.

"It also jeopardises Wales’ vital role in the Armed Forces, with no clarity over plans for the relocation of the 160th Brigade currently stationed in the town.

"The Government need to reverse the damaging decision to close the Barracks and commit to protecting Wales' treasured place in our Armed Forces."

 

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