A GLENROTHES councillor is to lead a Fife-wide taskforce to help oversee the army’s arrival in St Andrews and Rosyth.
Members of the Enterprise, Environment and Development Commit approved the establishment of a new Defence Transition Task Force for Fife.
Following the UK Government’s announcement on the implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, the RAF will stand down from Leuchars and the Army will base two major Army units and a formation headquarters at Leuchars and a further major Army unit at Caledonia, Rosyth as part of a multi-role brigade structure for Scotland.
The Task Force will seek to work with the Ministry of Defence, the RAF and the Army to address the economic, social and community impacts of the transition period and beyond as the RAF prepares to leave Leuchars and the base is prepared for the arrival of the Army.
The Defence Transition Task Force will comprise cross party political members, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, Fife Economy Partnership, Fife Council, NHS Fife, Fife Constabulary and the local MSPs and MPS. The task force will be chaired by the Leader of Fife Council, Glenrothes councillor, Peter Grant.
Councillor Ross Vettraino, vice-chair of the Enterprise, Environment and Development Committee said: “It’s important that we now move forward following the outcome of the MOD’s Defence Review and build on the successful relationship that the Leuchars Task Force had working with Scottish and UK Governments.”
It was agreed that the relevant Council Area Committees would nominate a local member to become part of the Defence Transition Task Force and that if the Leader of the Opposition was not available, another local opposition member be invited to join.
Councillor Mike Rumney, Labour spokesperson said: “We welcome the formation of a single Task Force working for the whole of Fife and look forward to seeing what timescales and investment are planned by the MoD.”