Date set for final parade at Carver Barracks

During the Defence Estate announcement on Monday 7 November, Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, announced Carver Barracks as one of the military sites to be sold within the next 30 years.

The Barracks, currently home of the British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiments, dates back to the Second World War, occupied at the time by the Royal Air Force. Under the control of the British Army since 1975, it has become an integral part of the local community.

It is with great sadness we learn of this closure. The town has been the home of the Barracks for many years and the relationship has always been one of harmony, respect and pride. Their loss will undoubtedly have an effect on the area.

My focus will be on using the considerable notice we’ve been given to ensure communication between the Ministry of Defence and the locally elected councillors is established, to discuss properly how the site can play a part in dealing with Uttlesford’s housing needs.

The Secretary of State indicated that these discussions with local authorities will take place to make sure that the best possible use is made of the site and the facilities there. The disposal date is foreseen to be 2031.