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More jobs set for RAF Coningsby

RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is expanding its civilian workforce to 1,000 over the next three to four years, staff have said.

Station Commander Gp Capt Stuart Atha said engineering facilities at RAF Coningsby were being expanded and more civilian staff would be needed.

BAE Systems staff will be transferred from Brough, East Yorks and Warton, Lancs. Some will be recruited locally.

There are currently about 350 civilian staff at Coningsby.

Highly skilled

"We're building engineering facilities at Coningsby so that the deep maintenance on our aircraft, which used to be done at factories in South Wales and Wharton, will be done here," said Gp Capt Atha.

"These are highly skilled jobs we're bringing into the county so hopefully this will be something to put back into the economy."

He added: "We've been working closely with the local council as we're bringing extra people in which can mean more pressure on support facilities such as schools and health services.

"We're working with the council so we can ease them in and build up the numbers over three to four years.

"Our future is assured until 2045 so we're in it for the long run."

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