Plea not to ‘moth ball’ the closing airbase

Entrance to RAF Mildenhall. ENGANL00120130608144929
Entrance to RAF Mildenhall. ENGANL00120130608144929

Mildenhall community groups and businesses have again urged that RAF Mildenhall should not be mothballed by the Government.

This follows a series of meetings on the impact of the Ministry of Defence’s decision to close the military base in 2020, moving its operations to Germany.

Forest Heath District Council has argued that the future of the site should be decided at local level, a move backed by the last of its three engagement sessions held with community groups, parish councils, charities, businesses, local enterprise partnerships, Suffolk County Council and housing providers.

The MoD said this week that it will give an answer on the future of Mildenhall, Alconbury and Molesworth by September.

Cllr James Waters, Forest Heath council leader, said: “We have now held three engagement sessions to look at the impact and opportunities presented by the base closure to our local housing market, our communities and local businesses. The key message is that they are confident Forest Heath can rise to the challenge and continue to prosper, but they want us to keep them involved and informed.

“Our communities agree that if the site is redeveloped, infrastructure, including transport, health and education will need to be included at an early stage. Their chief concern is that the site is not mothballed by the MoD - it is the drum that I have been beating as well.”

Work is also being carried out on an economic impact study and the growth potential for the area following the dualling of the A11.