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‘Cadets will be provided for in reforms’, says MoD

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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FEARS over the future of a Burton cadet centre have been allayed after concerns were raised they could be left in the lurch following army reforms.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reassured the town that its cadet forces can still use Coltman House, in Hawkins Lane, until new long-term facilities are found.

Concerns were raised after the centre where the town’s Territorial Army and cadet forces train was identified as one of 35 Army sites deemed surplus to requirements.

This led to the Burton branch of the Staffordshire Regiment Association petitioning for Coltman House to be kept as a cadet training centre and community hub.

Its secretary, Mick Teasel, said he was relieved the cadets’ future had been secured, but warned it was not a permanent fix.

He said: “That’s good news for the cadets, but it would still take them a few years to find somewhere else because it’s not a long-term solution.”

Doubt was cast over the home of F Company of the 4th Mercian Regiment, last July after Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced a £1.8 billion armed forces overhaul.

Mr Teasel added that Coltman House could also be used as a meeting place for veterans’ associations, uniformed charities and organisations.

He said: “The setting up of a combined services club for all serving and ex service personnel and their families would mean that the centre would be fully utilised and looked after.”

A spokesman from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation of the MoD said: “Cadets will continue to operate from surplus sites until a long-term solution for the future locations of cadets is identified.

“The MOD provides a clear assurance that cadet needs will be provided for.”

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