Council steps up bid for MOD logistics centre

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Telford & Wrekin Council has called on the government to locate a planned Logistics Centre of Excellence and Defence Gateway at land adjacent to the current MOD Donnington site on the northern edge of Telford.
The government has been carrying out a review of operations at Donnington.
In a letter to cabinet office minister Francis Maude, council leader Kuldip Sahota and managing director Richard Partington pledged to provide at no cost, 19 acres of freehold land adjacent to MOD Donnington – fully serviced by the adjacent Telford International Railfreight Park operated by DB Schenker Group.
The council argues that the site represents a viable and attractive investment proposal for the MOD as part of the Ministry’s overhaul of its Logistics Commodities and Services section (LCS).
Sahota said: “We believe that Telford is the better choice for the MOD and the government as we will provide land at no cost to build a Logistics Centre of Excellence.
“We can guarantee a start on site this year which meets the government’s need to deliver infrastructure projects now to facilitate early savings.
“We have 400 acres of publicly-owned serviced land and this will complement key companies in the MOD supply chain already located in Telford as well as opening up the potential to attract significant inward investment and the creation of a large number of extra jobs as a result.”

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