The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon MP, has announced that Forthside barracks in Stirling are set to close alongside 19% of the Ministry of Defence estate in Scotland.
In response to the announcement, Stirling MP and SNP Defence Policy Team member Steven Paterson asked the Defence Secretary:
“Some 240 jobs are associated with the Forthside barracks in Stirling, which the Secretary of State mentioned a moment ago. That makes it an important employer and one of the few operational elements of the armed forces still associated with Stirling, particularly since the appalling treatment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which was mentioned a few moments ago, disgracefully, by Michael Gove. How many jobs will remain in Stirling following the move, and how many, in total, of the jobs that are there just now will be retained?”
Mr Fallon was unable to give a definitive answer.
Commenting, Steven Paterson said:
“This announcement clearly has significant implications for the over-240 jobs associated with Forthside, and I raised this with the at the first opportunity with the Defence Secretary in the Commons in Monday when the estates review was announced and await further details from him on how this affects operations currently taking place in Stirling. I will be seeking an early meeting with union representatives to discuss this as soon as these details are known.”
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford added:
“It is very sad news indeed that the disposal of Forthside by the MOD will bring to an end the long and historic direct connection that Stirling has had with the Military. I intend to meet with those affected by the decision to help provide whatever assistance and help that I can. Whatever the future now holds for the Forthside site the task now must be to create the maximum number of jobs possible on the site to help boost Stirling’s economy.”