UK-Wales row over army camp land

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The UK and Welsh governments are currently locked in a row over land at MoD St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The UK Ministry of Defence has asked the Welsh Government to turn over part of the St Athan enterprise zone to house 600 British Army personnel.

The Welsh Government have so far refused, saying some land is already available – though the Ministry of Defence has reportedly deemed it “unsuitable”.

UK Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, reportedly told BBC Wales on a visit to the base: “We can’t have service personnel living as part of an industrial estate.

“I cannot think there is a logical reason why the Welsh Government would stand in the way of investment and the opportunity for British service personnel to be based here.”

St Athan is still used for limited military training but has gradually been turned over to industrial and business uses, most famously a new factory for Aston Martin.