Alistair Cameron urges Ashchurch Army Depot to be kept open

March 15, 2012 12:45 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury has expressed concern at reports that the Ministry of Defence are making plans to submit an outline planning application to develop the Ashchurch Army Depot site.

Last June, Alistair wrote to the then Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox urging him not to close the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency (DSDA) at Ashchurch.

In view of these latest reports, Alistair has now written to the Armed Forces Minister, Nick Harvey urging that the site be kept open.

In his letter to Mr Harvey, Alistair said:

"The workforce at Ashchurch has consistently demonstrated that it is highly skilled and proficient. It has played a major role in ensuring that our vehicles are maintained properly for use in conflicts such as Afghanistan. It is vital, particularly when our armed forces are under such pressure, that we keep this workforce together so that they can continue to maintain army vehicles up to the highest standard.

I am also concerned about the severe impact of losing such a large employer of highly skilled staff on the local economy. Tewkesbury and the surrounding area has already been badly hit by the economic downturn. The loss of so many highly skilled jobs will have a devastating impact on the local economy."

Alistair also said:

"I hope that the valued contribution of the workforce at Ashchurch will now be recognised and a decision made to keep the DSDA open."