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06 February 2017

Councillor urges residents to sign petition opposing loss of unit from barracks

A petition urging the UK Government to retain an army unit at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham, is now live – and Wrexham residents are urged to sign if they oppose the potential loss of the barracks.

Cllr David Griffiths, Armed Forces Champion for Wrexham County Borough council, is inviting Wrexham residents to sign a petition urging the UK Government to retain an Armed Forces presence in Wrexham. 

The petition follows Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon’s statement in December 2016 on the Strategic Defence and Security Review. As a result of this review, unit 101 Battalion REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) may relocate from Hightown Barracks to Bristol.

Cllr Griffiths said: “I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to sign this petition – it won’t take them two minutes, but in doing so, they could help to preserve hundreds of years of Wrexham’s past and our strong links with the Armed Forces community.

“The Barracks have served as a base for Armed Forces units since 1877, and Wrexham has an incredibly proud and strong military heritage.”

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said: “I welcome the launch of Cllr Griffiths’ petition. I know the people of Wrexham will have very strong feelings over the future of the Barracks, and certainly encourage them to make their feelings known via this petition.”

As well as REME, other military units based at Hightown include the RHQ Royal Welsh Association Unit, Detachment of 3 Royal Welsh Unit, the University Officers Training Core Unit and a Royal Welsh Army Cadet Force Detachment Unit.

Supporters can opt to sign either the online version of the petition at http://ow.ly/CsaM308BAMQ, or a paper version which will be available at each library throughout the county borough from Wednesday 8th February 2017.

Individuals, groups and organisations wishing to canvas for signatures for the paper petition  can request petition sheets by emailing Army2020Refine@Wrexham.gov.uk, or by telephoning Melanie Salisbury, Partnership Officer at Wrexham County Borough Council on 01978 297598.