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'No decision made on Red Arrows' says Government minister - RAF Wittering is possible new base




A government minister said all options are being considered for the new base of the Red Arrows.

Stuart Andrew MP, minister for defence procurement, said he "recognises the passion" of campaigners fighting to keep the Red Arrows in Lincolnshire at RAF Waddington - one of three shorlisted sites. RAF Wittering and RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire are the other two possible locations.

But, Mr Andrews, who was visiting the Waddington base to announce a new RAF simulation technology contract, said no decision has been made by the government.

Stuart Andrew MP (right) in conversation with Squadron Leader Martin Bindemann. Picture: Calvin Robinson. (10508303)
Stuart Andrew MP (right) in conversation with Squadron Leader Martin Bindemann. Picture: Calvin Robinson. (10508303)

“I completely recognise the passionate campaign that local people have had for this,” he said.

“Clearly the Red Arrows is something that people in Lincolnshire and the whole country love.

“But all I can say at the moment is that everything is being considered and no decision has yet being made.”

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed in March the three sites being considered for where the team could be relocated to following the closure of RAF Scampton in 2022.

The government confirmed the closure of Scampton last year, throwing the future of the site and the Red Arrows into doubt.

A consultation on the airspace that the team would fly in has been launched by the MOD.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for economy, Colin Davie, said previously that local people needed to “make the argument” for the Red Arrows to remain in the region.



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