Army plans for super garrison

#1
Army plans for 'super garrison'
BBC News
30 November 2005


Col Millen said the plans would benefit local residents and soldiers

Details of £1bn expansion plans for the British Army's largest base at
Catterick have been unveiled.

The base is one of the Ministry of Defence's highest priorities to become
a so-called 'super garrison'.

Proposals include 2,500 new houses, leisure facilities, retail outlets and up
to five new barrack blocks.

The development will see the North Yorkshire garrison's total population grow
from 18,500 to 25,000 over the next 15 to 20 years.

As part of the changes, soldiers will also be stationed at Catterick for longer,
to give them and their families more stability and enhance their quality of life.

'Seamless garrison'

Work has already begun on new accommodation blocks for single soldiers and
construction of a £15m leisure centre is due to start in 2006.

Commander of Catterick Garrison Col Nick Millen said the project was about
developing retail and leisure opportunities for the wider community as well as
providing barracks for the soldiers.

"This isn't going to happen overnight," he said. "Of course we must consult with
the public and of course we will consult with them but consultation does not
necessarily mean agreement.

"I think it would be naive to pretend that every aspect of this is going to be
regarded by every person who lives here as a step forward and a bonus.

"I hope that the end result is a seamless garrison that meets service needs
and those of the wider community."
 
#3
What's a 'seamless garrison'? Why does that fellow look like he's holding in a particularly explosive cloud of gas? I do hope this gets moved to the NAAFI...
 
#4
Styron said:
As part of the changes, soldiers will also be stationed at Catterick for longer,
to give them and their families more stability and enhance their quality of life.
Stationed in Catterick for longer, 8O bloody hell!!! Two weeks annual deployment was long enough! - (Too long!)

CC_TA
 
#5
The base is one of the Ministry of Defence's highest priorities to become
a so-called 'super garrison'.

I wonder how long it will be before it becomes MoD's highest priority to become a so-called 'only garrison'?
 
#7
Eggs ... basket .... springs to mind.

Super Garrision? 8O bloody stupid idea if you ask me. Extended tours in Cattrick... ffs think what that'l do for retention.... I missed a posting there by the skin of me teeth back in the 90's was pissed for a week celebrating when it got cancelled... got attached to a medic unit instead :lol: :lol: :lol: bloody typical of records c*nts.

Point is, those recreation facilities are needed now for the current garrision! not in the future and as part of a supa c*ck up..... the place is a right dump now and people are having to live there.
 

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#8
Super Garrison - hhhhhmmmmmmm

Was that not what Aldershot was at the turn of the last century? So the idea is to move the 'home of the army' north. Next thing will be to sell off Salisbury Plain in total.
 
#9
catchyerselfon said:
Oi CC you cheeky monkey
I seen you alright for brew and biccies while you were in Catterick!
Yes indeed, you did do a crackin brew, as per usual! But unfortunately you're posting to an even darker grid ref. meant I had to find yet another new place to "Work!" 8O

CC_TA

ps; I'm on my way to the horrid grid ref. on 9th Dec for a stab weekend - PRE that kettle mi amigo! (Or maybe some proper brews this time - Leave pass???) :D
 
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#11
But just think of those super-dooper dance-halls you'll get when the Crabs pull out of Leeming.
Plus 5-star singlie accomodation, and maybe RyanAir will make use of the runways, call it North Yorks International, start cheap flights to places like Malaga, Basra etc.

Look on the bright side, will ya, FFS 8)
 

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#12
Auld-Yin said:
Super Garrison - hhhhhmmmmmmm

Was that not what Aldershot was at the turn of the last century? So the idea is to move the 'home of the army' north. Next thing will be to sell off Salisbury Plain in total.
Don't give Grasping Gordon even more moronic ideas !
 
#13
We have to watch out for the bigger picture here. Really this is all part of the government's drive to build more houses: if the army shrinks (which it undoubtedly will) - you've got a ready made council estate in the middle of nowhere to keep Mr and Mrs ASBO and their revolting children. I doubt the residents of Richmond would be too happy about this announcement.

Or are we pulling out of Germany?
 
#15
It wouldn't be anything to do with ....filthy lucre would it?

They close (for example) Carver Barracks in Essex, sell it for twelvty million quid to a developer looking for a prime bit of real estate within easy access to the M11/Stanstead Airport and London and expand Catterick, in the back end of nowhere, for three 250g packets of Planter's Honey Roasted Peanuts.

Cha ching ...£££££££ going into coffers.
 
#16
It's all about the money.

A "Super" garrison means that instead of one naafi for each camp, you only need one big one. It is far cheaper to put it all in one place. Just think of those massive barracks in South Germany where the Spams live.

Catterick is far cheaper than South, just like selling of Chelsea barracks netted a fine income. The MoD is now MoD PLC, and seems to be getting more and more business driven than ever before, and yes, eventually we will pull out of Germany. That cuts alot of transport costs and LOA for a start!!!!
 
#19
It will be interesting to see whether or not we can in fact afford the super garrison..it will only be a metter of time before the leisure centre becomes a football pitch with jumpers for goalposts in order to make savings, because we forgot to mention a key requirement and so had to shoe horn it in at great expense/profit depending on your perspective.
 
#20
Spot on there with the comment of council estates in the middle of nowhere. How will the local amenities (not that there are any) cope with the increase in soldiers?

I am willing to lay money down that if this abortion of a plan goes ahead then once it is completed, a couple of units will be disbanded and the empty housing used for scrotes. Don't believe me? It happened with the MQ at Kirton Lyndsey: 1/2 the quarters were given to scum from Doncaster and Scunnie. It did wonders for the retention of married personnel :) (just what the treasury wanted: it reduces the pension liability).

Feeling very, very cynical today.

D

PS LAST DAY WORKING FOR THE UN SCUM :) New job starts in Budapest on Monday :) :)
 

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