Multi-million pound improvements to military bases in the South were announced today - as part of a 'welcome home' to troops returning from Germany. Divya Kohli reports.
It's been announced that an historic barracks that has been home to soldiers in Canterbury since the 19th Century is to close. Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports.
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Divya Kohli reports from Aldershot, the home of the British Army, where returning soldiers will be based.
– Brigadier Neil Baverstock, Commander 145 Brigade
This is good news for Aldershot. The Basing plan not only bringsincreased investment to the area by the MoD, but also learning where units and families will be based in the coming years will give them the certainty they need to plan their futures.
About £100 million poundswill be spent to develop Army bases in Aldershot as part of plans to bring British troops home from Germany, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today. Details of the investment in new bases and accommodation were set out in the Army Basing Plan.
The £100m being spent in Aldershot is part of £1.8 billion of investment being spent across the UK.
The new basing plan will make the best use of the Defence estate and provide better accommodation and facilities for our troops and their families.
As part of a defence review, the largest concentration of army troops will be based at Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. There will also be more soldiers based in Aldershot Garrison.
Howe Barracks in Canterbury are to close as part of a government review.