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News Archive > General > MoD confirm April Army base closure

MoD confirm April Army base closure

By 17th March 2010

A national review of military training facilities has resulted in the decision to close the Penhale military camp leaving nearby businesses fearful of the impact on their trade.
From April 22, cadets will serve at RAF St Mawgan instead of Penhale, but Defence Estates, an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence, are unable to confirm what the base will then be used for.
A Defence Estates spokesperson said: "St Mawgan is a regular RAF Station and has excellent accommodation with all the amenities of a modern establishment. Such facilities are not available to cadets staying at Penhale.
"Detailed planning and consultation is, therefore, underway to transfer the bulk of the training camp accommodation from Penhale to RAF St Mawgan. This will improve standards and provide cadets with a better quality training experience."
Owners of shops and amenities at Holywell Bay are desperate to learn what the camp will soon be used for, as those staying at Penhale frequently use the nearby facilities.
Christoher Dods, landlord of the Treguth Inn, said: "It's going to affect the local economy a great deal.  In the Winter, the base is used by the Royal Marines, the Para's, and all the other adult military.
"In the Summer it's used by the cadets, who obviously don't drink alcohol here but they buy fizzy drinks, food, and use the beach for abseiling, kayaking and the rest."
Mr Dods said that the base has supplied his pub with customers for many years now, who frequent the inn most nights when the adult regiments are present.  Over the years, the pub has collected "the best part of" 30 crests from the regiments that have used the base.
He continued: "When they are here, we get maybe 50 or 60 of them in each night - next Winter, there will be none.
"All the army guys we've spoken to are fuming.  A lot of them say they like coming here, because if they are going off to Iraq or Afghanistan, it's a nice place to relax.  It's also a nice way to ease them back into the system slowly after they've been away.
"I would just like to know what's going to happen.  I could understand it if they were changing it to a static caravan site, because the army need the money, but the whole of Holywell wants to know so that we can just stop worrying."
Councillor Jinny Clark, whose ward includes Holywell Bay, understands the community's concerns.
She said: "I know it's closing down, and I can quite understand that anyone who has a business in the area will be concerned, as I would be as well.
"If anybody would like to contact me, I will try and find out what is going to happen.  
“All I know right now is that part of Penhale is definitely going to be closing down, so in the short term there will be no doubt fewer customers at places around Holywell."
Residents can contact Cllr Clark on 01872 575098 or jclark@cornwall.gov.uk

By 17th March 2010

c forbes 25th May 2010 16:23
Typical Labour Government, they flogged of the household gold and silver to pay all the countries enemies compensation and give aid to countries who buy Soviet weapons to kill us with, so now they are flogging our furniture. What would they have done next if they were still in power??, sell our children to the salve markets????.
c forbes 25th May 2010 16:24
Typical Labour Government, they flogged of the household gold and silver to pay all the countries enemies compensation and give aid to countries who buy Soviet weapons to kill us with, so now they are flogging our furniture. What would they have done next if they were still in power??, sell our children to the salve markets????.
Adele Meader 10th June 2010 13:40
I would really appreciate some idea as to what plans the MOD have in place as to who they would sell the land (Penhale Army Camp)to and what it can be used for. My vision for Penhale, should such an opportunity as this arise, has always been to create a haven for families who have a child with a disability. I would be grateful if you could get back to me at your earliest convenience
Adele Meader 10th June 2010 13:40
I would really appreciate some idea as to what plans the MOD have in place as to who they would sell the land (Penhale Army Camp)to and what it can be used for. My vision for Penhale, should such an opportunity as this arise, has always been to create a haven for families who have a child with a disability. I would be grateful if you could get back to me at your earliest convenience
Adele Meader 10th June 2010 13:40
I would really appreciate some idea as to what plans the MOD have in place as to who they would sell the land (Penhale Army Camp)to and what it can be used for. My vision for Penhale, should such an opportunity as this arise, has always been to create a haven for families who have a child with a disability. I would be grateful if you could get back to me at your earliest convenience
adam 17th July 2010 23:58
Are you any closer to knowing the outcome of penhale camp please.
Regards
Dr Rich
t.r.dyer 27th April 2012 23:17
Penhale camp should be used to help the heroes
gadyer 8th June 2012 22:54
Penhale should be used less of the tourism.Build a few homes for first time buyers.Also use the training facility to help injured ex military personal to recover and gain skills.
C o Donovan 28th September 2013 20:34
Vote labour. Pay later. ,!! Does nobody learn? Penhale = a profit for somebody. Who? Find out and you have the answer. Yours Lancashire Fusilier.
Trevor Dyer 26th April 2014 13:08
Penhale area should look better in the future.Still military use resumes to the left and right of this site I expect the council knows this at the planning dept.
barry andrews 28th January 2017 07:06
So sad to hear of the camp closure, As the last Commandant of this wonderful training camp ,I feel that the military have lost a super training area, Soldiers returning from action in various areas around the world found this super camp a place to enhance their skills, relax,and generally let their hair down in probably one of the best training areas in the UK.
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