York MP Launches Campaign To Save Barracks


Imphal Barracks


By Mike Laycock in The Press.


AN MP has launched a campaign to ‘Save York Barracks,’ saying 1,400 skilled jobs and 2,000 years of military history are at stake.

York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell says the proposed closures of barracks at Strensall in 2021 and Imphal Barracks in 2031 are not a done deal, as she thinks some may have assumed.

She said yesterday that the Government was obliged to undertake economic and social impact assessments before pressing ahead with any closure.

“There is therefore time for York residents to make their voices heard loud and clear,” she said.

“York has 2,000 years of proud history as a base for armed forces. We will lose 1,400 skilled jobs from our city and there will be 866 armed forces families affected. I will speak out and protect York’s economy and community.”

She spoke of the vital role the army played in the 2015 floods and the way York’s excellent schools enabled servicemen and women’s children to catch up on their education, while spouses and partners had access to jobs and further education.

“The army truly value being here in York and York truly values the army being here.”


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