Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Owners of Cambridge International Airport say they will not move onto RAF Lakenheath or Mildenhall if bases close

14:11 23 April 2014

RAF Lakenheath

RAF Lakenheath

Archant

One of the region’s biggest airports has said it would not be interested in taking over either of west Suffolk’s US Air Force bases should they be closed.

shares

Marshall of Cambridge, which runs Cambridge International Airport, has distanced itself from moving into either RAF Mildenhall or RAF Lakenheath should they be shut down under the US military’s ongoing European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC).

Marshall, which also has an aerospace division and a number of defence maintenance contracts, had discussed moving part of its operation to Mildenhall to make way for housing, but the move was blocked back in 2009.

Terry Holloway, Marshall’s support executive, said that while Mildenhall had been identified as the “most promising” option for any relocation, he added: “It wasn’t two years ago we said we’re not moving.

“Even if one of them did close, we’re very-well positioned here, with Cambridge International Airport growing. We went through the relocation site, we have plenty of work to come into our hangers. We just won’t be moving.”

RAF Lakenheath was recommended for closure in two of three options put forward by consultancy firm RAND over how the US military could restructure its presence overseas. The other option would see the base downsized significantly, with its resident 48th Fighter Wing moving out.

While any decision would be made by senior officials in America, sources close to the bases increasingly believe that RAF Mildenhall would be the more
likely to close, with the operations there moving over to RAF Lakenheath.

Although Mildenhall’s 100th Air Refuelling Wing is considered more important strategically than Lakenheath’s fighter squadron, the infrastructure and facilities are better at Lakenheath, such as the hospital serving both bases.

The results of the EIC are expected to be announced later this year.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)

The father of a Boxford woman travelling in Nepal managed to contact her this morning, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the Kathmandu valley.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A man who was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after footage showed him punching and slapping his two Labradors has had the disqualification reduced from 15 years to 10.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Thousands of runners this morning lined up for the start of the 35th annual London Marathon, each with their own personal goal.

Fans at the Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest game.

The atmosphere at Portman Road was electric yesterday as fans packed the terraces to see the play-off bound Blues in action against Nottingham Forest.

Bury Fire Station.

Firefighters from the Bury station were called to the fire at The Vinefields after neighbours reported a strong burning smell.

The Mid and West Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.

Featuring the trademark bird of prey displays, stunt shows, classic cars and Suffolk punches, this year’s Mid and West Suffolk Show is drawing crowds from across the county.

Greeniversity is starting a new knitting class, the Sudbury branch is one of only a handful across the country of the Greeniverity teaching people green skills. Left to right, Laura Laurence and Joanne Main.

Young people are keen to learn skills that were popular during the ‘make-do-and-mend’ era following the Second World War, a new survey has revealed.

'Apart from Newsnight and Question Time, I dont watch telly very much. Im too fidgety for that. Im always in that back room there, at my little desk, with all my books. I certainly dont watch Top Gear, Im afraid!' says Andrew Hammond

Look. Ignore the obvious similarities to brother Richard Hammond, put down that selfie-stick, and focus on the books.

Polcie appeal for information after accident

Suffolk police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash, which saw a blue Rover career off the road into a field at 6.20am today.

Fire fighters

Fire crews were called to Bunbury Avenue, Mildenhall, last night to reports of a house on fire.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages