MP seeks residents’ views on future of RAF Mildenhall base

MP Matt Hancock

MP Matt Hancock

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West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock is seeking constituents’ views about the future of the air base at Mildenhall.

Earlier this year the US Air Force announced that it would be leaving the site by 2020.

Mr Hancock then announced a new working party to look at how the site could best be used to the benefit of local residents.

The Ministry of Defence has not yet announced whether it would be interested in the site for the British military.

In the meantime the Mildenhall and Lakenheath Action Group, of which Mr Hancock is a key member, is drawing up an action plan to ensure the site is not ‘mothballed’.

Mr Hancock said: “Since we first learned that the site would close I have been working hard to ensure that an alternative use is found for the air base which benefits local residents.

“I have met with the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, to make it clear that if all or some of the site becomes available there needs to be a clear plan of action for the base. I am also working with the Mildenhall and Lakenheath Action Group to ensure that all options are thoroughly explored.”

He is now asking local residents to complete a survey on the base’s future.

He said: “I regularly speak to constituents who are concerned about what will happen to RAF Mildenhall after the USAF leave. That is why I have created this survey, so that I can gather local views and concerns and then respond to them.”

To complete the survey, go to www.conservativesurvey.co.uk/index.php?sid=69671