Wiltshire Air Ambulance awarded £1 million towards custom-built new airbase

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance (WAA) has been awarded £1 million towards its new airbase.

3D plans for the new custom-built Wiltshire Air Ambulance base.
3D plans for the new custom-built Wiltshire Air Ambulance airbase.

The £1 million is from the LIBOR fund and was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, during the Autumn Statement in the House of Commons today (23 November 2016).

The LIBOR fund is monies from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate.

The charity is proposing to build the airbase on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham. It will consist of an Operations Centre for its helicopter and aircrew and base for the Charity Team.

The charity has already been granted outline planning permission for the Outmarsh Farm site and has submitted its detailed plans for the project to Wiltshire Council.

David Philpott, Chief Executive of WAA, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this £1 million grant from Her Majesty’s Treasury towards our new airbase.

The funding will be used to complete the building, equipping and fitting out of our purpose-built Operations Centre and will bring together the aircrew, helicopter and charity team onto one site for the first time.