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Community Counter MoD Plans
to counter the impact of the Ministry of Defence decision
to cease using the range and airfield at West Freugh on a
full-time operational basis gathered pace last week.
delegation from public-sector organisations in mid-Wales faced
with a similar situation four years ago visited Stranraer
to outline the blueprint they used to deal with resultant
West Freugh Steering Group (WFSG) heard how closure of the
MoD range and airfield at Aberporth, north-east of the market
town of Caridgan also operated by QinetiQ sparked an ambitious
action plan for the economic regeneration of the area.
presentation was a superb example of how a rural community
can fight back against such a serious economic setback,"
said Colin Williamson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise
Dumfries and Galloway.
circumstances were remarkably similar in many regards to
our own at West Freugh and the steering group is keen to
draw on the invaluable experience of the various partner
organisations involved at Aberporth as we finalise our own
Freugh Steering Group comprises representatives of Dumfries
and Galloway Council; SE Dumfries and Galloway; the MoD Scottish
Executive; and the Small Towns Initiative, as well as the
workforce and management of QinetiQ and local politicians.