Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams have made a joint call for the Ministry of Defence to reverse its planned closure of Brecon barracks.
They articulated their position in a joint response to the Welsh Affairs Committee’s inquiry into ‘Wales and the Armed Forces’, which includes specific consideration of the ‘impact of Ministry of Defence estate rationalisations on local economies and communities.’
Jane Dodds, the Westminster Parliamentary candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, and Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, have raised concerns over the effect on Brecon’s economy, the undermining of Brecon’s status as a military town, and uncertainty surrounding the future of the building.
On 7th November 2016 the Conservative Westminster Government announced its plans to close Brecon barracks. These plans were opposed by local Welsh Liberal Democrat representatives at the time.
Jane Dodds, Westminster Parliamentary candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“The Conservative’s decision to close Brecon barracks reveals a willingness to undermine the town’s proud military history. Brecon’s military links shape its society, culture and economy. Service personnel, MoD staff and military families are a fundamental part of the fabric of the town.
“If the closure goes ahead it will be a bitter blow for Brecon. We deserve better from the Conservative Westminster Government; we need the voice of Brecon and Radnorshire to be heard.”
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“The closure was wrong when it was announced and it is still wrong. There are significant risks to the local economy and to Brecon’s military tradition, along with continued uncertainty over the future of the building. There is still time for a rethink and the decision should be reversed.”