600 troops to move to St Athan
10:51pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
THE St Athan military base received a boost today when it was revealed that 600 troops would be transferred to the Vale of Glamorgan.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced that 14th Signal Regiment would move from its current home at Cawdor barracks, near St David's in Pembrokeshire after 2018.
Mr Hammond said the Ministry of Defence was working to maximise the use of St Athan, and that locating the Signals regiment at St Athan was consistent with the strategy of concentrating in regional centres.
The UK government is investing £1.8bn in a new basing plan across the UK with £100m being spent in Wales.
Mr Hammond said the remote Cawdor barracks were "not fit for purpose - that is the reality. It's a very remote, singleton garrison site," he said and added: "The physical state of the accommodation was a significant factor."