New base could be plain sailing for naval cadets

The Naval Cadet Corps will apply for permission to erect a new building for their Leighton Buzzard unit on Pages Field.

The cadets are looking for a new home having outgrown the pavilion at Mentmore Park and have received the support, in principle, of the town council to use the Fields in Trust-protected land.

Pages Field successfully applied for Queen Elizabeth II Field status following a fiercely opposed application to build 200 houses there in 2011.

Dave Moth, the Corps’ commanding officer, is hopeful permission to move will be granted despite the protection as he believes the new base will be of benefit to young people in the community.

There is also a serviced plot ready for redevelopment as the Pages Field changing facility has recently been demolished on health and safety grounds.

He said: “The Leighton Buzzard unit has been going for about two-and-a-half years and we have expanded to the extent that we have outgrown the Mentmore Park pavilion.

“Because of the nature of our organisation we need our own unit. Once we get one we can get more youngsters off the streets and turn them into good young citizens.

“We recruit students from age eight to 18 and hopefully some of them will go on to join the Royal Navy or the Royal Marines.”

The Naval Cadet Corps, which has two other units based in Bletchley and Olney, have obtained a portable Terrapin building to install.