Leader pledges to work with the MOD over closure of RAF Scampton

Date published: 31 July 2018
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The home of the Red Arrows air display team is to be sold off, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

RAF Scampton in West Lindsey, which was also the headquarters of 617 Squadron as they prepared for the Dambusters mission in World War Two, has been home to the Red Arrows since 2000.

Six hundred people currently work at the site near Lincoln. But as more detailed plans for the future of the site are discussed, the leader of West Lindsey District Council has vowed to work closely with the MOD.

Cllr Jeff Summers said: “We are disappointed to hear the news that the home of the Red Arrows is to be sold off by the Ministry of Defence.

“The RAF has a rich heritage in Lincolnshire and this news will be upsetting for many people.

“However, West Lindsey District Council is committed to working closely with the MOD to secure a sustainable future for the transition from RAF Scampton to another community of our district.

“This process will be detailed and protracted and we must ensure we do complete this transition sensitively, creating a regulated community where all would choose to live.”

“Together with Lincolnshire County Council we look forward to developing a plan for the site to explore the positives to ensure the heritage of RAF Scampton is reflected in future developments that meet the needs of the local economy.

“This announcement now creates the opportunity to think creatively around housing, work opportunities and the district's infrastructure plan.”

“Initially our focus has to be ensuring the existing communities who are based there are appropriately considered and not adversely impacted upon and to work meticulously with MOD to ensure this community is looked after the same as any other West Lindsey community.

“This is a new canvas and a fresh palette!”

More information will be shared once it becomes available.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/councilnews

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