St George’s Barracks is one of a number of MOD sites that have been under review as part of the government’s Defence Estate Rationalisation and Optimisation programme.
An announcement on Monday 7th November has confirmed that the base is now recommended for closure, although this is unlikely to come into effect until 2020/21 at the earliest.
Two regiments are currently based at St George’s Barracks. They are 1 Military Working Dogs and 2 Medical Regiment. A decision on where the two regiments will go has not yet been made.
“The closure of St George’s Barracks has been a possibility for some time and the Council has been in an on-going dialog with the MOD and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). We will continue to engage with the MOD and the DIO in the months ahead regarding the future of the site. In the meantime, both 1 Military Working Dogs and 2 Medical Regiment will continue to be based at St George’s and the Council will continue to support them. Two additional Squadrons from the 1 Military Working Dogs regiment will return from Germany in 2017 to St George’s Barracks. Plans for a permanent expansion of kennelling facilities at St George’s will not now proceed. Work will however proceed on a temporary increase in kennel capacity to facilitate the additional two Squadrons. We remain committed to supporting armed forces personnel and their families living in Rutland – both those based at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham and those at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore. We also welcome the identification of Kendrew as a Regional Centre as part of the review.” Councillor Terry King, Leader of Rutland County Council
In 2017 2 Royal Anglian (The Poachers) will leave Kendrew barracks for Cyprus and be replaced by the Princess of Wales Regiment (The Tigers) returning from Cyprus. The Council and other agencies continue to work with both Regiments to support this change over.
More information about Defence Estate Review can be find on the government's website.
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