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One million for the Battle of Britain Bunker

Funding to repair and maintain the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge and preserve the site's heritage for generations to come has been announced in the summer Budget.

News release: 16 July 2015

Hillingdon Council and RAF Northolt have welcomed the news and are looking forward to continuing to work together to guarantee a secure and sustainable future for the site. 

Chancellor George Osborne said in his Budget speech on Wednesday 8 July that £1 million will be set aside to fund current and future maintenance work at the bunker, which was instrumental in directing RAF operations during World War II but is in need of substantial investment. He also described the bunker's renovation as a monument to the heroes of the Battle of Britain.

The council is also investing a further £4.5 million to create a state-of-the-art visitor and education centre above the Battle of Britain bunker. 

It is also proposed that the bunker will eventually transfer from the ownership of Defence Estates to Hillingdon Council. The council will then take responsibility for the site while maintaining a close relationship with the RAF.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said:

"The Battle of Britain bunker has a special place in the nation's hearts and it is fitting that the Government has recognised this in the Budget. The £1 million pound funding will allow this national heritage site to be open more often and be appreciated by people of all ages from across the country and beyond. I am grateful to Boris Johnson MP for championing this cause with the Chancellor.

"The London Borough of Hillingdon is proud of its close links with the military and we look forward to taking ownership of the bunker and seeing it flourish in the years ahead. We agree that the cost of maintaining the bunker should not come from the Government's defence budget and are delighted that this alternative arrangement has been made."

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

"The 11 Gp 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. There are several options for the long term sustainability of the Bunker, which we will assess collaboratively with Hillingdon Council, whose support has been, and will continue to be, vital."

Further details will be announced later this year. Visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk for updates.

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