Sunday, 27 April 2008

Welsh opposition to new Defence Training Academy

Leading members of Plaid Cymru have joined other local campaigners protesting against the siting of the new £11billion tri-service Defence Training Academy at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. Wales won out against strong competition from the West Midlands and other parts of England.

Work on the new Academy, which forms part of a major rationalisation of military training across the UK, is due to start in 2009. Once completed the Academy will run over 600 courses for about 6,500 students.

Those opposing the scheme accuse the British Government rather grandly of "making Wales the centre of training for war". Clearly they do not recognise the vitally important peace-keeping work carried out by Britain's Armed Forces, nor the sacrifices they are making on our behalf fighting those who would bomb British cities. Perhaps if the Welsh don't want this multi-billion pound, high-technology project, it's not too late to switch it to one of the places in England which are only too eagre to host it.

Link> BBC: Protests against military academy
Link> AV: Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme