Welsh Guards to move to Pirbright Army barracks
By mattcollison | Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 09:50
PIRBRIGHT Army barracks will have new residents later this year when the Welsh Guards move in.
Woking Borough Council formalised their partnership with the Armed Forces at a covenant signing ceremony in November last year.
Some 580 1st Battalion troops will relocate from Hounslow to Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright, as part of a review of Army bases, announced yesterday (March 5).
The move is among the main changes announced for UK barracks as part of the Army Basing Plan. It comes as plans were unveiled yesterday (Tuesday, March 5) to move thousands of British troops from bases in Germany back to Britain between now and 2019.
The Plan sets out the Army's future permanent locations in the UK and aims to provide better accommodation and facilities as part of a £1.8 million investment.
Other changes include the Canterbury based 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland leaving their Kent barracks and relocating to Edinburgh.
The move comes after the Armed forces entered into a formal partnership with Woking Borough Council in November last year.
The partnership which will attract a share of £30 million government funding was formalised via a community covenant at a ceremony on November 1.