MP seeks answers on loss of city barracks

Ripon MP Julian Smith.
Ripon MP Julian Smith.

Ripon MP Julian Smith has asked the new Armed Forces minister for an update on the closure plans for the city’s Claro Barracks, which are due to shut in 2017.

He put the question to Andrew Murrison during Defence Questions in Parliament last week.

Mr Smith said: “Ripon is coming to terms with the loss of the base but we are still waiting for the Ministry of Defence’s decision on whether it ultimately wants to get out of Deverell Barracks or Claro Barracks.

“May I urge him to push forward that decision now so that plans can be made for the future and Ripon is best placed to deal with a difficult time?”

Dr Murrison responded: “The announcement that has been made relates to the removal from Ripon of 21 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, as we consolidate around Catterick.

“The separate but adjacent site, Deverell Barracks, and the associated training area have not been subject to that announcement. A decision on them will be made separately, but I understand the two sites are very much linked.”