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Shake-up of RAF bases puts 37 jobs at risk

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: October 29, 2008

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More than 30 civilian jobs are in jeopardy after the RAF announced it is to close control centres at two Lincolnshire air bases.

The Ministry of Defence has announced that RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, which opened in 1916, will close completely and RAF Scampton will be scaled down.

Control centres at both bases will move to RAF Coningsby by the end of 2014, with the potential loss of 37 jobs.

In January, the Government announced that RAF Boulmer in Northumberland would be retained as the core site for the Air Surveillance and Control System.

Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth said analysis to determine the best place for the remaining Asacs satellite units had now been completed.

The system controls aircraft deployment and keeps an eye on the sky for rogue pilots infringing British air space.

In a written Parliamentary statement, Mr Ainsworth said the relocation to RAF Coningsby was the "best option in operational and financial terms".

RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey will be closed once the No 1 ACC has relocated to RAF Coningsby.

Squadron Leader Alastair Scott from RAF Scampton said: "The Red Arrows will move from Scampton to Waddington by 2011, retaining air space over Scampton.

"The footprint of what facilities will remain at Scampton has yet to be decided."

MoD spokesman Hannah Fletcher said the move would "affect" 37 civilian posts at Kirton-in-Lindsey and Scampton.

"Employees will be kept informed all the way, in consultation with the trade unions," she added.

For more on the RAF control centres' move, see Wednesday's Echo

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    Scampton Inmate, RAF Waddington  |  January 21 2009, 2:46PM

    For martin, unoccupied buildings like old mess are not kept heated-check your facts, do not make it up. For Rick, the MOD depends on civilians and could not function without their support.

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    Paul, Kirton Lindsey  |  October 30 2008, 1:20PM

    RAF K/L will make a good business park, located between scunthorpe and lincoln and just off the a15 surrounded by fields and golf course.

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    Lee, Lincoln  |  October 30 2008, 8:33AM

    I think its disgusting that some people seem to be happy and poking fun that others are at risk of being redundant shortly. Who cares who or what they are. No wonder Great Britain is no longer so great with the kind of people who now live here!

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    MoD worker, Waddington  |  October 30 2008, 7:32AM

    Some comments on here are just purile. People need to understand that a lot of small firms and other people will loose work as well. This may be a valid saving in some cases but in others it will cost the taxpayers far more as work is being given to contractors and in the long term will cost a lot more ( one project I know of over 500% more) and the level of service will be far less and the jobs take a lot longer. The government are set on a track which will loose the country a great deal of its experience and capability which will not be replaced and probably be irreplacable. We will be forced to rely more and more on our allies which is a high risk strategy in the long term as they could always refuse to help.

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    Mick, Tattershall  |  October 29 2008, 10:43PM

    Theres a lot more than 37 jobs..thats only the MoD employed civilians!

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    Sick of it all, Lincoln  |  October 29 2008, 9:44PM

    Rick, you are a cretin of the very lowest order. Firstly, it costs thousands to train military personnel. They also command higher salaries and far greater pension benefits than their civilian counterparts. Using civilians where possible represents a considerable saving of money. However, don't let facts get in the way of your drivelling.

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    mark, the runway  |  October 29 2008, 8:56PM

    gooooooooooood riddance........,by the way , did you see the idiot on look north snivelling cause k-lindseys closing,best of it is he dont even work there.WHO CARES ,,,I DONT ,THEY ONLY CIVVIES...

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    martin, scampton  |  October 29 2008, 8:46PM

    both bases are a big waste of money and scampton is just rotting away once oint of letting a base rot away just cos of its history why not turn it into a world war 2 museum like eden camp in york, bring the lancasetr n vuclan back to scampton, no one likes rotting old buildings , an how much a waste of money is it keeping the central heating on in the old officer smess just to stop it rotting as qucik least the rats n pigeons will be warm whata joke!

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    Rick, sleaford  |  October 29 2008, 8:32PM

    They are only civilians, who cares, military jobs should be for military personnel only.