The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has written to me today (28 February) to confirm that Royal Marines Base Chivenor will not, after all, be closing. I understand a statement will be made in the House of Commons later this morning.
This is fantastic news. We had known for many months that the original decision to close the Base, announced in November 2016, was being reviewed, but we kept waiting for a firm decision and a formal announcement. Today, we’ve got what North Devon wanted.
It’s come after a brilliant cross-community campaign, involving many councils, businesses, organisations and individuals. I would personally like to thank the nearly 5,000 residents who responded to my call to write to the Defence Secretary demanding an end to the uncertainty. He has listened, and I am delighted with the outcome.
This is a huge vote of confidence in the military personnel at Chivenor and a big relief for their families. It’s a welcome boost for the local community who are so proud of the Base and its historic links to North Devon. It’s also good news for the wider North Devon economy which would have suffered if RMB Chivenor had closed.
I am delighted that all the lobbying has paid off and that, once again, the voice of North Devon has been heard loud and clear at the most senior levels of government. The community should be extremely proud of this outcome.
Peter Heaton-Jones MP
Attached: Copy of the Secretary of States letter.
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