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 MEN 15/11/2007 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.