£100m investment in army bases in AldershotBy Jennifer Maxfield
March 05, 2013
A TOTAL of £100m will be spent on developing army bases in Aldershot as British troops currently in Germany are brought home over the next six years.
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond made the announcement on Tuesday, saying it was part of a £2bn investment in army housing and bases.
It will see around 11,000 British troops returning from Germany by 2016, with the withdrawal of the remaining 4,500 troops brought forward a year to 2019.
The money will be used to improve accommodation and facilities for soldiers and their families. A shake-up of army bases will see the disposal of seven sites across the country.
Mr Hammond said the changes would save £240m a year in running costs as soldiers are moved into "clusters" in key locations.
Returning forces will mainly be stationed in Aldershot, Salisbury Plain, Edinburgh and Leuchars, Catterick, Colchester, Stafford and the East Midlands.
By 2020, Aldershot will be home to a total of around 4,200 troops.
The 27 Theatre Logistic Regiment will move from the town to Abingdon, but not before 2014, with 3 Close Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps going in the opposite direction.
Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East will also be based in Aldershot.
Mons Barracks will become home to 1st Battalion The Scots Guards, based at the moment in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The current Mons occupants, 1st Battalion The Irish Guards, will move out in 2015.
Brigadier Neil Baverstock, Commander 145 Brigade, said: "This is good news for Aldershot. The basing plan not only brings increased investment to the area by the Ministry of Defence, but also learning where units and families will be based in the coming years will give them the certainty they need to plan their futures."
For more on this story, see this week's News & Mail, out on Thursday, March 7.