Training base ‘would be great for the whole area’, says ex-soldier

David Richardson

David Richardson

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A FORMER councillor and ex-soldier has called on the Ministry of Defence to look no further than Hawick in their search for a new army training base.

David Richardson (pictured), who was a guardsman in the Scots Guards, was reacting to this week’s Defence Transformation Statement, which said that Scotland is to receive one of the new army groups.

And according to Hawick MSP John Lamont the Borders is “well placed” to be that site.

Mr Richardson believes there are a number of possible locations including Stobs and Galalaw. However, he conceded Hawick may lose out to a more central area.

He said: “There’s definitely scope for training facilities here and it would be a great thing for the whole area. It would bring a lot of work and a lot of spend to the town. The quality of life here would be exceptional.

“But the cities have the better transport links to the airports and railways, and that’s where we’ve always suffered.”

However, Mr Lamont remained positive. He said: “I hope that the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council will work together to promote the Borders as a site for this training base.”