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Chancellor pays a visit to historic Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge

The Chancellor, George Osborne was welcomed to the borough by Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council and by MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson today, as part of a visit to see the historic Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge.

News release: 10 September 2015

The grant of £1 million funding to repair and maintain the Bunker was announced in the summer budget and the Council is investing a further £4.5 million towards creating a high-tech visitor and education centre above the Bunker.

The council will be working with the government and the RAF to help maintain the Battle of Britain Bunker, which is in need of substantial investment. The Bunker was vital in directing RAF operations during World War II and used the very latest in integrated air defence systems.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said:

"The council is proud to be the home of the Battle of Britain Bunker.

"We are acquiring the Bunker and its auxiliary buildings from the Ministry of Defence and investing £4.5m to build a new visitor and exhibition centre above it.

"The support of Boris Johnson MP and George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer in providing £1m for renovation work on the bunker is very welcome.

"This is a national asset which will be preserved for current and future generations."

The VIP visitors were shown around by AC (Retired) Cynthia Fowler, Chair of the Friends of 11 Group Bunker and Chris Wren of the Friends volunteers and saw the perfectly preserved command centre, original uniforms, artefacts, photos and the chair used by Winston Churchill when he visited the Bunker.

RAF Northolt are looking forward to working together with the council to guarantee a secure and sustainable future for the site.

RAF Northolt's Station Commander, Group Captain Andy Bacon said:

"The 11 Group Bunker at Uxbridge played a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom in its darkest hour. This funding will assure the Bunker's long term viability so that its role and importance during these historic events can be remembered, understood and enjoyed by future generations. We welcome the continued invaluable support from Hillingdon Council."

Presently, the Bunker plays host to around 6,000 visitors a year. It is hoped the creation of a visitor centre will allow many more to do so.

 

 

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