Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Opposition Group Leader on The Moray Council, Cllr Gary Coull, is calling on the Council to take urgent action to form a task force, similar to that set up during the Save RAF Lossiemouth campaign, with the aim of making the case to keep the Army Base at Kinloss open.

SNP Councillors are ready to be involved in any Task Force and campaign to protect the base from closure.

Councillors were briefed more than 24 hours ago on the subject but yet no definitive plan of action has been set out by the Council’s Tory/Independent Administration. The SNP Opposition Leader is calling for an emergency statement from the Council’s Tory Convener at tomorrow’s meeting of The Moray Council setting out what his Administration plans to do in the wake of the Kinloss Base revelations.

Cllr Gary Coull said:

“The news that the 39 Royal Engineers base at Kinloss is being considered for possible closure is hugely concerning for Moray.

“The significant loss of the Nimrod fleet and all the associated RAF personnel from Kinloss just a few short years ago was a huge blow for the local community and a blow for the local economy, especially around Forres.

“The UK Tory Government promised an army presence but to even be thinking about removing that presence, which only came to Kinloss in 2012 is mindboggling.

“When RAF Lossiemouth was under threat an effective Task Force was formed to campaign against any base closure and make contingency plans for the worst scenarios.

“The SNP Council Group believe that a Task Force must be set up again involving both the public and private sector to make the case for retention of Kinloss and to make sure we are in a position to deal with whatever decisions are thrown at us.

“It is expected that an announcement will be made in around a month therefore there is no time to waste.  This issue must be seen as a priority.  Therefore I would like to see the Council’s administration make an emergency statement on this critical issue. There is a perfect opportunity for the Council’s Convener at the Council meeting tomorrow and I sincerely hope that he will have a plan of action to report to the Council and to the communities affected.”