Craigiehall Army base to close

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the Army headquarters at Craigiehall has been earmarked for closure in the latest Government defence review.

Up to 150 personnel based there will be relocated to a new “super barracks” at Kirknewton within the next three years.

The review also proposes to close Redford and Dreghorn Barracks, which are home to 1000 Army personnel.

It is still too soon to say how the closure of the Craigiehall headquarters will impact on the surrounding communities but many families who live there send their children to Dalmeny Primary School.

Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart has hit out at the decision saying: “The plans as outlined by the defence secretary break with near 400 years of history between the Royal Scots Borderers – and the City of Edinburgh for purely commercial gain.

”The changes will uproot families and cause severe damage to many areas of our city. For them to have been announced in such an underhand manner in the last week of Parliament is indefensible and amounts to nothing short of historical vandalism.

The MP was set to visit Craigiehall yesterday (Thursday) as the Journal and Gazette went to press to meet the personnel who work there, and he vowed he would do everything to protect local jobs and to fight for this decision to be reversed”.