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Fulwood Barracks is to close and be sold off

Posted on - 7th November, 2016 - 6:41pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Garrison, News, Politics

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Preston is no longer to be home to British troops in six years time.

The city’s grade-II listed barracks in Fulwood is to be decommissioned.

A report from the Ministry of Defence states the home to hundreds of troops is to be sold off.

HQ 42 Infantry Brigade, 3 Medican Regiment and the King’s Band will find new homes. The Infantry are due to transfer to Weeton Barracks.

The closure is due to come into place during 2022.

Barracks have been on the site since 1842 when work was started on them.

The review of Army services is due to see 91 MoD sites sold off.

Read more: Preston Military Show returns to Fulwood Barracks

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “By putting money where it is needed, we will provide better facilities to train our armed forces and deliver more stability for military families.”

Many of the sites sold off are due to be used for housing, with 55,000 homes earmarked for sites across the UK.

The MOD had been investing in the Watling Street Road site, with plans last November approved for a new gym and new building to house more troops.

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