Shake-up of RAF bases puts 37 jobs at risk
More than 30 civilian jobs are in jeopardy after the RAF announced it is to close control centres at two Lincolnshire air bases.
The Ministry of Defence has announced that RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, which opened in 1916, will close completely and RAF Scampton will be scaled down.
Control centres at both bases will move to RAF Coningsby by the end of 2014, with the potential loss of 37 jobs.
In January, the Government announced that RAF Boulmer in Northumberland would be retained as the core site for the Air Surveillance and Control System.
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Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth said analysis to determine the best place for the remaining Asacs satellite units had now been completed.
The system controls aircraft deployment and keeps an eye on the sky for rogue pilots infringing British air space.
In a written Parliamentary statement, Mr Ainsworth said the relocation to RAF Coningsby was the "best option in operational and financial terms".
RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey will be closed once the No 1 ACC has relocated to RAF Coningsby.
Squadron Leader Alastair Scott from RAF Scampton said: "The Red Arrows will move from Scampton to Waddington by 2011, retaining air space over Scampton.
"The footprint of what facilities will remain at Scampton has yet to be decided."
MoD spokesman Hannah Fletcher said the move would "affect" 37 civilian posts at Kirton-in-Lindsey and Scampton.
"Employees will be kept informed all the way, in consultation with the trade unions," she added.
For more on the RAF control centres' move, see Wednesday's Echo