Cottesmore bites the dust

#1
Just reported on BBC that Cottesmore is to close, had many good nights out at the pubs in Greetham
 
#2
Just picked this up on Sky.

If the war in Afghanistan is so important then why do we need to close bases and make savings in order to pay for new equipment?
Is it that the govt just doesnt take it seriously?
Or is it that they are just using the war to reduce the liability of the Forces on the Treasury?
 
#3
tropper66 said:
Just reported on BBC that Cottesmore is to close, had many good nights out at the pubs in Greetham
<sniff>

Surprised they chose Cott. Cott is big and has good aviation facilities [hangars, parking, ATC setup etc. etc.]. Had a lot of NATO money thrown at it over the years as well.
 
#4
Sgt.Slingsby said:
tropper66 said:
Just reported on BBC that Cottesmore is to close, had many good nights out at the pubs in Greetham
<sniff>

Surprised they chose Cott. Cott is big and has good aviation facilities [hangars, parking, ATC setup etc. etc.]. Had a lot of NATO money thrown at it over the years as well.
I know, I did the NATO contract for ARC
 
#5
Sgt.Slingsby said:
tropper66 said:
Just reported on BBC that Cottesmore is to close, had many good nights out at the pubs in Greetham
<sniff>

Surprised they chose Cott. Cott is big and has good aviation facilities [hangars, parking, ATC setup etc. etc.]. Had a lot of NATO money thrown at it over the years as well.


Prime candidate for closure surely!
 
#7
Norfolknchance said:
Sgt.Slingsby said:
tropper66 said:
Just reported on BBC that Cottesmore is to close, had many good nights out at the pubs in Greetham
<sniff>

Surprised they chose Cott. Cott is big and has good aviation facilities [hangars, parking, ATC setup etc. etc.]. Had a lot of NATO money thrown at it over the years as well.


Prime candidate for closure surely!
I'd love to know where at Wittering they intend to put all the manpower and administration aspects of Cottesmore's operation, there's nothing vacant since they developed it into a logistics hub. There's always a silver lining though I won't have harriers flying a few hundred feet above my house at all hours :D
 
#8
For the closure of Cottesmore, read also a reduction in Harrier and early retirement of the fleet. The closure has nothing to do with paying for the new Chinooks, but everything to do with the MOD being virtually bankrupt.

One of the future plans may be for the RAF to reduce to no more than 2 ac types per capability, hence Merlin will move to the Andrew leaving us with Chinook and Puma for SH; Harrier will retire leaving Tornado and Typhoon for GR; and the ISTAR (E3, ASTOR, Nimrod) chaps should probably be worried at least one of their ac types will probably be going. Hopefully we will sh1tcan A400M as well.
 
#9
As we all know that New Liarbour has a chum who is a property developer (think Church Crookham, Chichester, Chelsea, among many others) one has to look at the possible opportunities for turning the large amount of land that Cottesmore occupies into housing. Is there a dormitory town nearby?

'Had a lot of NATO money thrown at it over the years as well.' - so did Greenham Common.

This gives the lie to Gordon's latest attempt to portray himself as the squaddies new best friend - even the BBC has twigged that the £150 million to counter IEDs is not new money, and they are so far up Gordon's arsse, all you can see is their boots.
 
#10
Someone recently joked (i think 8O ) on here about disbanding the RAF and giving lifting capabilities to the Army and fighter stuff to the Navy.....thin end of the wedge??
 
#12
Go back to 81/82 Navy was going to get some heavy cuts but the Falklands saved them,Army had options for change in the 90's. looks like its the crabs turn now !! What next ?
 

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#14
762baynet said:
If the war in Afghanistan is so important then why do we need to close bases and make savings in order to pay for new equipment?
Is it that the govt just doesnt take it seriously?
Probably because they DO take it seriously (when most of the public do not, hence the massive shift to being against the War - but not, thankfully, resulting in a loss of support for troops) is why they are having to shut down other areas of Defence to afford it. There is no money, anywhere. I expect more cuts to be honest (aside from MOD staff). With this massive debt, its bound to happen.

I still laugh when they are dishing out hefty amounts (billions) towards the EU climate change fund, yet the "War on terror" - which affects every single one of us accoding to Cyclops - is effectively permanently bankrupt.
 
#16
Montigny_La_palisse said:
BoundApprentice said:
move an army unit in there
Good luck with that, the place is properly falling apart.
From the horse's mouth, I believe?

In which case it makes some sense - MoD will never be able to pay for Works Services or Infrastructure upgrades.
 
#17
SLAM was put on the backburner because the long term future could not be assured. The rest of the place is falling apart big time and will cost a fortune for anyone to move in.

Quarters are likely to be retained due to lack of them at Wittering.
 
#18
Sgt.Slingsby said:
Montigny_La_palisse said:
BoundApprentice said:
move an army unit in there
Good luck with that, the place is properly falling apart.
From the horse's mouth, I believe?

In which case it makes some sense - MoD will never be able to pay for Works Services or Infrastructure upgrades.
The place is so fcuked that for the last 9 months we haven't had hot water in the Sergeant's mess, we struggled to get the cash for a new boiler. And that is the tip of the iceberg.
 
#19
Montigny_La_palisse said:
Sgt.Slingsby said:
Montigny_La_palisse said:
BoundApprentice said:
move an army unit in there
Good luck with that, the place is properly falling apart.
From the horse's mouth, I believe?
In which case it makes some sense - MoD will never be able to pay for Works Services or Infrastructure upgrades.
The place is so fcuked that for the last 9 months we haven't had hot water in the Sergeant's mess, we struggled to get the cash for a new boiler. And that is the tip of the iceberg.
Good God! Mind you, that's that happens when all the £££ gets thrown at front-line projects so that there's nothing left for Works Services.
 
#20
Sgt.Slingsby said:
Montigny_La_palisse said:
Sgt.Slingsby said:
Montigny_La_palisse said:
BoundApprentice said:
move an army unit in there
Good luck with that, the place is properly falling apart.
From the horse's mouth, I believe?
In which case it makes some sense - MoD will never be able to pay for Works Services or Infrastructure upgrades.
The place is so fcuked that for the last 9 months we haven't had hot water in the Sergeant's mess, we struggled to get the cash for a new boiler. And that is the tip of the iceberg.
Good God! Mind you, that's that happens when all the £££ gets thrown at front-line projects so that there's nothing left for Works Services.
And fair enough IMO. I can handle a cold shower as long as what's needed gets to the front-line.
 
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