Barracks could be sold to developers

Army chiefs are looking into the future of the Goojerat barracks

Army chiefs are looking into the future of the Goojerat barracks

First published in News

A HISTORIC barracks in Colchester could be closed and sold off for housing.

Army chiefs are investigating whether to close Goojerat Barrack, home of 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police.

If the changes are approved the Redcaps will move into Merville Barracks, the home of Colchester’s other soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Concerns have been raised a joint facility at Goojerat Barracks, used by the MoD Police, the Redcaps and Essex Police, could also close in the move.

Colchester Garrison Commander Colonel Mike Newman said: “Colchester Garrison hugely values and appreciates the strong partnership we have with Essex Police.

“Work is being carried out to explore the feasibility of moving 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police inside the footprint of Merville Barracks.

“A key consideration is providing facilities to enable continuing close co-operation with Essex Police and we are fully engaged with the Chief Constable about how this could be achieved.

“This is a long-term project on which no decisions have been made.”
 

Colchester’s former Garrison, which was replaced by Merville Barracks in 2008, is being converted into a 2,600 home development.

If closed, it is expected Goojerat will also be sold off to become another housing development.

The discussions are taking place at the same time as Colchester’s final Ministry of Defence police officer is being made redundant.

Acting Chief Insp Jim White said: “We are disappointed with the loss of MoD police.

“They have provided a good service over the years.

“It means we are taking on extra areas of responsibility and we will be responsible for investigating what happens in those areas.

“What has also been good at Goojerat is the shared policing facility betwen the MoD, RMP and Essex Police which has worked well.”

A Garrison spokesman said discussions are at an early stage and all options remain open.

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12:49pm Tue 22 Jan 13

hughie-s says...

How convenient, bet Tesco already have the plans for an extension drawn up.
How convenient, bet Tesco already have the plans for an extension drawn up. hughie-s
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1:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Boris says...

hughie-s wrote:
How convenient, bet Tesco already have the plans for an extension drawn up.
Yes, room to park another 100 cars or more.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: How convenient, bet Tesco already have the plans for an extension drawn up.[/p][/quote]Yes, room to park another 100 cars or more. Boris
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2:00pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Jess Jephcott says...

It's a changing world. But the big question is, what went wrong? Why are we asset stripping everything? We cannot carry on like this. We must turn the corner and start creating wealth again. Scroungers and the work shy are dragging this country down.
It's a changing world. But the big question is, what went wrong? Why are we asset stripping everything? We cannot carry on like this. We must turn the corner and start creating wealth again. Scroungers and the work shy are dragging this country down. Jess Jephcott
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4:21pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Scoot says...

More people clogging up the routes to and from the station.....
More people clogging up the routes to and from the station..... Scoot
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7:09pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Grabber says...

Boris wrote:
hughie-s wrote:
How convenient, bet Tesco already have the plans for an extension drawn up.
Yes, room to park another 100 cars or more.
"Every little helps!" and how ironic being so close to the old cavalry stable blocks.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: How convenient, bet Tesco already have the plans for an extension drawn up.[/p][/quote]Yes, room to park another 100 cars or more.[/p][/quote]"Every little helps!" and how ironic being so close to the old cavalry stable blocks. Grabber
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8:58pm Tue 22 Jan 13

6079 Smith W says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
It's a changing world. But the big question is, what went wrong? Why are we asset stripping everything? We cannot carry on like this. We must turn the corner and start creating wealth again. Scroungers and the work shy are dragging this country down.
Well I suppose like those involved in speculative finance, asset strippers can be described as 'scroungers' and 'work shy' (as both are a very unproductive way to earn a living, and involve leeching off the rest of us), but I'd hazard guess that's not exactly what Jess meant!
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: It's a changing world. But the big question is, what went wrong? Why are we asset stripping everything? We cannot carry on like this. We must turn the corner and start creating wealth again. Scroungers and the work shy are dragging this country down.[/p][/quote]Well I suppose like those involved in speculative finance, asset strippers can be described as 'scroungers' and 'work shy' (as both are a very unproductive way to earn a living, and involve leeching off the rest of us), but I'd hazard guess that's not exactly what Jess meant! 6079 Smith W
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9:21am Wed 23 Jan 13

wellnow says...

Best thing for the area a proper size tesco good parking, better road layout a few more houses and 156 provo moved into the barrack area where they belong.the mod gets a bit more money to fight the jihadist threat.
Best thing for the area a proper size tesco good parking, better road layout a few more houses and 156 provo moved into the barrack area where they belong.the mod gets a bit more money to fight the jihadist threat. wellnow
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2:59pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Allan Adam says...

Can the MOD please tell us what will happen to the Memorial Garden that has been set up for the RMP 6 who were killed in Iraq on the 24th June 2003. We still have family members and friends who attend every year to remember the boys
Can the MOD please tell us what will happen to the Memorial Garden that has been set up for the RMP 6 who were killed in Iraq on the 24th June 2003. We still have family members and friends who attend every year to remember the boys Allan Adam
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11:19am Mon 28 Jan 13

Roy Hutson says...

A lot of money was spent in the last few years making Goojerat Barracks a purpose built base for 156 Provost Company, Royal Military Police and Essex Police and rightly so. This must be one of the last remaining original barracks in Colchester, the others having been demolished to make way for housing and Tesco's. This cannot and must not be allowed to happen to Goojerat as we do need to have monuments representing our military heritage to remain, despite what the MOD and developers say. We need the MOD and ministers to understand this and must urge support from the Provost Marshal, Essex County and Colchester councils. Heritage is not about money its about history, which once destroyed cannot be replaced.
A lot of money was spent in the last few years making Goojerat Barracks a purpose built base for 156 Provost Company, Royal Military Police and Essex Police and rightly so. This must be one of the last remaining original barracks in Colchester, the others having been demolished to make way for housing and Tesco's. This cannot and must not be allowed to happen to Goojerat as we do need to have monuments representing our military heritage to remain, despite what the MOD and developers say. We need the MOD and ministers to understand this and must urge support from the Provost Marshal, Essex County and Colchester councils. Heritage is not about money its about history, which once destroyed cannot be replaced. Roy Hutson
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