RAF Odiham’s living accommodation has been labelled as “outdated and not fit for purpose”.
The Royal Air Force base currently provides beds for 674 service personnel across its Junior Rank Accommodation (JRA) blocks.
Around £2million has been invested by the Government over the last few years to improve facilities, including the building of four new blocks to house 372 junior-ranked servicemen and women.
But 97 per cent of the JRA accommodation at the base, which houses the RAF’s Chinook helicopters, was recently ranked as ‘Grade 4’ – the worst possible score – while 95 bed spaces were condemned.
And North East Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena is now calling for funding to be provided to refurbish the five remaining junior rank barrack blocks.
In a public letter, he said: “I asked the former Prime Minister (David Cameron) in the House of Commons to ‘look at plans to improve the quality of accommodation for airmen and airwomen in RAF Odiham’.
“To that end, I wish to see funding put into place for the refurbishment of five remaining junior rank barrack blacks, which is already an ‘Approved Requirement’.
“This will go a long way to raising the standard of accommodation for the junior ranks based at the station.”
David Cameron told the house in March that “£2million has been spent on RAF Odiham, but if more is needed, we will make sure that happens”.
Mr Jayawardena feels that new Prime Minister Theresa May should bring forward plans to deliver a new Engineering and Logistics Hub at the site by 2024, so as to provide the space to improve long-term accommodation.
And the former deputy leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has also started up a petition for those living at the base to sign, to help speed things up.
“The accommodation provided at RAF Odiham for service personnel is outdated and not fit for purpose,” said Mr Jayawardena.
“RAF Odiham is an exceptional station, with a long and proud history.
“With the Chinooks scheduled to be in service until at least the 2050s, and probably the 2060s, I believe it is right that we take action now.
“I hope that, with sufficient public support, we can improve the quality of life for all those at RAF Odiham.”
No one from RAF Odiham was available for comment.