Stafford MP welcomes MoD decision on troop rebasing

 

  • ·        1st Signal Regiment will move from Germany to Stafford in 2015
  • ·        16th Signal Regiment will move from Germany to Stafford in 2015
  • ·        22nd Signal Regiment will remain at Stafford

Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed final confirmation today (5th March) that the 1st Signal Regiment and 16th Signal Regiment troops will be rebased from Germany to MoD Stafford from 2015. Under the Government’s rebasing programme around 70% of the Army will be brought back from Germany by the end of 2015 with the final 4,300 back by the end of 2019 - a move expected to eventually save £240 million a year. 

The government is investing £1.8 billion in the new basing plan and £1 billion of this will be spent on building brand new accommodation. This will see around 1,900 new family homes being built and more than 7,800 new rooms for single soldiers, along with over 800 upgraded rooms for single soldiers and over 450 upgraded homes for families.  

Mr Lefroy said: 

“Today’s announcement is great news for Stafford and confirms a long awaited move. I am delighted that everything is on track and we will be welcoming the two additional Signal Regiments to Stafford in 2015. I know how excited the town is about the move and I am sure we will all look forward to welcoming more of our brave men and women to Stafford who serve this country so well. 

“This final decision from the Government puts an end to any nervousness about the move given the huge hole in the Defence budget left by the previous Labour Government. I have been pursuing this matter since I was elected and I am pleased that the Government have kept their word.

“This will be a great boost to the town and we need to make sure we are ready. Today in the House of Commons I asked the Defence Secretary for confirmation that funding will now be released so that the new accommodation on the MoD site can begin. He gave me that assurance and this will be a welcome boost for local firms competing for those contracts.”

The government is investing £1.8 billion in the new basing plan and £1 billion of this will be spent on building brand new accommodation. This will see around 1,900 new family homes being built and more than 7,800 new rooms for single soldiers, along with over 800 upgraded rooms for single soldiers and over 450 upgraded homes for families. The rest of the investment will be spent on technical infrastructure.

These changes will provide savings and efficiencies for the Army, a sustainable military footprint to support military operations and certainty for personnel and their families. 

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“By setting out our plans to bring troops back to the UK we are not only providing our Service personnel and their families with greater stability for their future but also generating a saving of around £240 million a year in operational running costs.

“We are going to invest an additional £1.8 billion in our new basing plan, providing investment around the country, crucial jobs for local economies and the best possible accommodation for our soldiers and their families.

“This work also supports and enables the Army 2020 structure, announced last year, which will ensure that the British Army remains the most capable Army in its class, adaptable and ready to meet the security challenges of the next decade and beyond.”