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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

GMB Members Overjoyed At Announcement That Future Of Mod Site At Ashchurch Is Secure At Least Until 2025 

This follows a positive campaign where the MOD has been persuaded to reverse the original announcement to close the Ashchurch site by the end of 2014 says GMB.

GMB members and their families are overjoyed at the announcement by the MOD that the future of the MOD site at Ashchurch near Tewkesbury in Gloucertershire is secure at least until 2025. 

The campaign to secure the future of the site was led by GMB activists and members. This  involved an intensive campaign which won the support of Labour MPs at Westminster, most notably Madeleine Moon who sits on the Defence Select Committee, Tewkesbury Borough Council, as well as huge support from the local community.

Martin Hird, GMB Senior Organiser, said “GMB members, their families and the wider community have lived with this threat of closure for nearly three years. They warmly welcome the decision that the future of Ashchurch has been secured until 2025. This follows a positive campaign where the MOD has been persuaded to reverse the original announcement to close the Ashchurch site by the end of 2014.

GMB considered that the original decision was politically motivated, ill thought through and would have cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds to find a viable alternative.  

It is only a pity that the workers and their families were badly let down by their local Tory MP Lawrence Robertson who did not play an active role in supporting them. He was more interested in seeing the site developed for housing.

GMB representatives at the base played a pivotal role in securing the future of this site which is the only facility of its kind supporting the UK armed forces.

Ashchurch has been receiving, repairing, servicing and issuing vehicles for the Ministry of Defence since the Second World War. It has a fantastic track record in ensuring that vehicles are highly maintained for our troops as and when they are required through various theatres of war such as the Falklands, Ireland, Balkans, Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq etc.”

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Contact: Martin Hird  martin.hird@gmb.org.uk or  07809 769378 or Bristol Office: 0117 955 4470 or GMB press office 0792 1289880

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