The leader of the opposition has attacked the government for its reluctance to make a final decision until after the election on the proposed MoD St Athan Defence Technical College (DTC) in South Wales
The MoD has said it does not expect the go-ahead for the £13 billion MoD St Athan DTC – designed by Scott Brownrigg, Capita and HLM under the Metrix consortium banner – until after the election, which has been touted as the 6 May.
Conservative leader David Cameron, speaking last Friday, said: ‘We recognise the importance of this project and totally see the logic of bringing together these services. [The] government is being disingenuous with their announcement.
‘They are still the government and they have had plenty of time to make a decision about this. After all, the Vale of Glamorgan council granted planning permission for the scheme last September.
Cameron did not pledge to support the scheme but said: ‘We will have a proper strategic defence review if we win the election’.
MoD St Athan DTC will house a giant joint training centre for the Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force on a 280ha site west of Cardiff and is the largest PFI scheme in the UK.