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York MP fights plan to move brigade HQ to Catterick
5:57pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
AN MP is fighting Ministry of Defence plans to move an Army unit 40 miles to the north.
York Central’s Labour MP, Hugh Bayley, has written to Defence Minister Andrew Robathan arguing it would be more efficient to base a new Army command at York rather than move it to Catterick Garrison.
Following an announcement earlier this year the merged Headquarters 15 (NE) Brigade, currently based at Imphal Barracks in York and Headquarters 4th (Mechanised) Brigade will form the Adaptable Force Brigade Headquarters in the North-East.
Mr Bayley claims there is sufficient space in York to provide high quality accommodation for the new HQ alongside that of HQ 1 Division, which is moving from Germany to York.
And he says that by contrast, the proposed Catterick accommodation is over a number of separate buildings and has insufficient communication systems.
He also points out the Adaptable Force Brigade HQ will command Army units spread across the whole of the north of England and says York has much better road and rail communications than Catterick.
“It would be a waste of public money to spend millions of pounds building new accommodation for the merged Adaptable Force Brigade Headquarters at Catterick when there is already suitable accommodation in York to house both the Brigade and the 1st Division Headquarters,” he said.
“I hope the Government will meet me to discuss the cost savings and efficiency gains which they would make if they keep the Brigade Headquarters in York.”
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