North Devon Council ‘delighted’ that RMB Chivenor will remain open

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Posted on: 7 March 2019

News that the Marine Base at Chivenor will remain home to the Commando Logistics Regiment and 24 Commando Royal Engineers has been welcomed by North Devon Council.

The closure of the base, which is occupied by both naval and army personnel, was previously announced by the former defence secretary Michael Fallon in November 2016.
In response to news of the closure, Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Des Brailey joined the campaign to keep the base open, working tirelessly alongside North Devon MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, and writing many letters to the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson MP explaining how the closure of the base would have a hugely negative effect on North Devon.

Councillor Brailey, says: “I am delighted for the marines and naval personnel who work at RMB Chivenor and their families, whose futures are now more secure. It is a relief to know that the Secretary of State for Defence listened to our MP, who worked relentlessly to keep RMB Chivenor open. For my part I have written numerous letters, most recently in January this year imploring the Secretary of Defence to keep the base open.”

Local ward member, Councillor Andrea Davis says “After the months of uncertainty we are very relieved at the news RMB Chivenor will not now be closing. The residents of the area both military and civilian have been living with conjecture and disquiet for far too long. We can now look forward to the future with confidence and security.”

North Devon is proud of its historic links with the Royal Marines and the news that it will continue to stay open is a welcome boost for the local community and economy.

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