St Athan must maintain "crucial" RAF presence

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has praised the “crucial” role the RAF plays at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan – and said it was “vital” its presence was retained.


Mr Davies yesterday visited RAF No 4 School of Technical Training – based at MOD St Athan – which forms part of the Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.


He was given a tour of the complex by Chief of Staff Squadron Leader Hefyn Jones – and also met with CO Wing Commander Stephen Rowley.


The visit coincides with the RAF100 centenary celebrations – as well as the 80th anniversary of the RAF having a presence at St Athan.


Mr Davies said it was vital this was maintained – with the expiry of the school’s lease in December 2018 making the future uncertain. 


He has contacted the Welsh Government asking them to provide assurances of the work they’re doing to guarantee the provision long term.


Mr Davies said, “2018 marks an important milestone in the RAF’s history – both here in St Athan and as a national institution.


“As well as celebrating its centenary – it’s also 80 years since the first base was set up in St Athan – and it was great to have the chance to visit.


“Hefyn showed me the high level training that goes on at RAF No 4 School – and the facilities they have on offer.


“With the site’s future uncertain – it is without question that an RAF presence must be maintained in St Athan.


“It is vital the Welsh Government work actively with the MOD to provide a solution once the lease expires in December and guarantee that the RAF will remain here long term.”




[Picture: Squadron Leader Hefyn Jones welcomes Andrew RT Davies AM to MOD St Athan]