A PROGRAMME of essential repairs to buildings that are home to the region’s cadets and reserves has been agreed by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber (RFCA).
The RFCA is responsible for more than 140 bases from which the region’s cadets and reserves operate. Buildings range from village cadet huts to historic halls and are used by more than 7,000 cadets, 1,000 adult volunteers and 3,000 reserves.
At a meeting of the RFCA’s Finance Advisory Board, members gave the go-ahead to more than 80 projects proposed by surveyors for their 2019/20 maintenance programme.
· A new roof and three replacement boilers at Carlton Barracks, Leeds
· Improvements to emergency lighting at the Army Reserve Centre at Coldyhill Lane, Scarborough
· Refurbishment of Glover’s Cottage at the Cadet Training Centre, Strensall
· Upgrading of the fire escape at Fontenay Barracks, Barnsley
· Refurbishment of a shower block at Huddersfield Army Reserve Centre.
RFCA Chief Executive Jason Wright said: “Cadets and reservists are at the heart of the communities in which they serve and make a really important contribution both locally and nationally.
“One of our key roles is to ensure they have clean, safe and well-maintained premises that fulfil legal requirements and meet their day-to-day needs.
“The buildings they work from range from small village cadet huts to huge, historic properties such as Endcliffe Hall in Sheffield.
“Our challenge is to ensure we monitor their condition and carry out repairs quickly enough to stop them falling into decline.
“I’m delighted we have been able to approve these projects for the year ahead.”