MP wins pledge that Territorial Army headquarters will stay open

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04 Nov 2009

Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly has received assurances that the town’s Territorial Army headquarters will be reprieved from closure under proposals to restructure reserve forces.

Mr Farrelly said he was pleased that the TA base at Cross Heath would remain in use by the local Army and RAF cadets who meet there every week for their training.

In a Parliamentary question tabled on 28th October, Mr Farrelly told Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell that the disbanding of the Signals Squadron had caused considerable pain locally and he asked for an undertaking about the future of the premises to ensure the cadets continue to have a base.

In his reply, the Minister said: “We do not intend to close TA bases as a result of it [the decision].

Mr Farrelly said: “Naturally, I am disappointed that the 58th Signals Regiment will be disbanded, but at least now there is an assurance that the building itself will not be closed and the cadets will continue to operate from there.”

In a separate move to safeguard the future of the TA base, Mr Farrelly has also written English Heritage asking them to consider making the Cross Heath complex a Grade 2 listed building in recognition of its status as a typical second world war drill hall.



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