Rugby’s TA Centre to close by 2015, announce the Ministry of Defence

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Rugby’s Territorial Army Centre on Edward Street is to shut as part of an overhaul of the Army’s reserve forces.

As well as being home to Rugby’s 89 Signal Squadron of the TA, it’s also used as a base for Rugby you groups including the 29(F)Rugby Air Cadets and Rugby Sea Cadets. The Ministry of Defense wouldn’t tell the Advertiser how many people are in 89 Signal Squadron, who are to be re-located to Coventry.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced last week that the number of military reserve bases is to be cut from 334 to 308, with Rugby’s centre effected. The TA is being re-branded the Army Reserve and will play an increased role in future military operations.

Mark Pawsey MP commented: “On hearing of the changes to the TA in Rugby I immediately expressed my disappointment to the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond in the Chamber of the House of Commons.

“His response pointed out that the reserve unit will be consolidated at Coventry. Whilst this is not ideal, the Government is rightly tackling the significant budget deficit in the Defence department to safeguard the future of our country’s economy.”

He added: “I know this Government remains committed to our reservists and I am glad to see that Rugby reservists will still have a base, alongside other local reservists, down the road in Coventry.

“I am in the process of arranging to meet with representatives from Rugby’s reservists where I will be discussing any concerns they might have.”

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