Battle for Army Base in the North West

Couple of days old but still interesting.

I have always thought that the representation of the forces in the North West is pretty thin considering what a fertile recruting ground it is.

Excellent communications more M-way than anywhere else in the country etc. etc.

So why not sell off some bases at the end of country lanes in the Home Counties for a billions of pounds and buy an industrial estate in the NW!

Battle for army base
Ian Craig

DEFENCE chiefs are being urged to create a multi-million pound `super garrison' in the north west.

The region is the army's most fertile recruiting ground - providing one in five privates and NCOs - but MPs say it is short of big military bases.

The Ministry of Defence is soon to pick sites for five super garrisons - and Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd and Macclesfield MP Sir Nicholas Winterton want one to come to this region.

Mr Lloyd said in a Commons motion: "The north west is a major recruitment area and is presently underrepresented compared with other regions in the provision of military bases.

"We call on the MoD to establish a super garrison in the region."

The appeal is being backed by MPs David Crausby (Bolton North East) and David Chaytor (Bury North).

A total of 8,500 troops are being brought back from Germany over the next four years. Work has started on expanding the base at Catterick, in Yorkshire, at a cost of more than £1bn. Bases on Salisbury Plain and at RAF Cosford, Shropshire, will also be expanded.

Two other sites are yet to be decided. The Preston headquarters of the newly-merged King's Lancashire and Border Regiment could be considered, although MoD top brass have not ruled out a green-field site in the region.

MPs believe that building a super garrison in the north west would not only bring an economic boost to the area it would also make it easier for squaddies from the area to visit their families when on leave.

Any bid for a super garrison needs the support of ministers and senior MPs and Westminster insiders believe they would only offer their backing if there was a good chance of the bid succeeding.
And would also reduce the drugs pipeline by about two hundred miles!
I can't think of a worse ideaWhy do you think so many northern monkeys join up? They want to get away from compulsory flat caps and whippet rearing. Jesus, I'm from the midlands and that's bad enough. It's lovely dahn sarf, and just be grateful you're allowed in with that funny regional accent. Next you'll be saying we need to build a Super garrison in Fiji!

Hang on...
By 'super garrision', do they mean 50 square miles of hard standing area surrounded by razor wire and a NAAFI in the middle?


Anything has to be better than the old Weeton Camp, stalag Weeton.
i like Preston the way it is....sod off to there's a place that could do with the cash after the casino failure and it's good for morale(in summer, of course!) 8)
There is plenty of room around Penrith and easy access to Warcop ranges and fantastic training opportubnities in the Lake disrict. Alos great transport links M6, West Coast line and both Glasgow and Manchester airport. It would also harden up some soft southerners.

Brilliant Idea.
yeah...sounds like a better idea....been working around the Eden valley for the last few weeks........that would be your typical place in the middle of nowhere for a camp to be built (alongside Warcop) :lol:
Somehow I'm not sure it could work...

Drill Sergeant; "Attention!"

Scouse recruit; "Cam on, eazee, likhe, wanna buy some drugs to caaalm ya down?"
Doesn't it haveto be centred on a Lidl?
Airfix said:
So, 1 in 5 come from NW, that means 4 in 5 don't, isn't that reason enough NOT to build there!
Yes 1 in 5 come from the North West :clap: , meaning that other area's in the rest of the country have less than 1 in 5 being recruited. The south of England is notorious for very few volunteering to join up, yet most of the bases are in that area! 8O

The building of a brand new Super Garrison appears to be a fine idea (regardless of where it eventually ends up), and it will mean that at least some of the accommodation is up to scratch. All we have to do is make sure that someone who knows what they are talking about designs the place - not some t*sser who doesn't have the slightest idea about military life. :crazy:

Does that mean that they'll also be building decent families accommodation too?
Lesleycape said:
The south of England is notorious for very few volunteering to join up, yet most of the bases are in that area! 8O
Possibly because it's where most of the officers come from?
What a great idea. Building a camp in the absolute arse-end of no-where would be great for retention.
Preston has some room to spare near to Fulwood Barracks, but Weeton has quite a bit of existing land with a lot of greenfield around it.
Hardknott--nicely located with a downhill walk to the pub in Boot, foundations already there, lovely views out over the Irish sea ( and if you squint a bit you'll miss sellafield), easy to secure ( single track road, 1 in 4 gradient) and handy for eskmeals ranges, beach landings, close enough to Barrow to play with subs, only an amble to Ambleside, where you can buy boots and rucksacks to your heart's content. nightlife? well, look, a frequent thing in local news columns is that mr "X" was found "mithering" local sheep, but hey, the romans liked it here!

edited to add linky, nice scenery, shite place for a bft. :D

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