MoD to leave Arborfield in five years
May 11, 2010
Fears the Army will not vacate Arborfield Garrison until 2015 has sparked anger among residents concerned thousands of new homes planned for the site will ruin the village’s character.
The leaving date for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) appears to have been pushed back further to 2015, according to fresh information obtained by members of Arborfield Garrison Residents Action Group (AG-RAG).
Wokingham Borough Council has received numerous reassurances from the MoD it will vacate in time to meet housing demands for the area, however the final date for leaving the base has changed several times over the last 10 years.
An MoD spokeswoman said due to the political sensitivity surrounding the election it would not be issuing a statement.
AG-RAG chairman Martin Rutter said: “It’s at least three years later than we were last told.
“I’ve lived here for 10 years and I can’t remember the amount of times we have been told different leaving dates.
“We are being careful not to be NIMBYs here.
“We want the development to take place, but we want it on a brownfield site behind the wire because it would be absolutely disastrous to start the building work before the garrison has gone.
“It’s quite a rural location and to start building in the middle of a field would be a disaster.
“People are up in arms about it. The majority of people accept building work will take place but don’t want it until the garrison is gone.”
He accused the MoD of delaying their exit purely to make money.
“They want to generate the cash by selling the land and keeping their options open by not moving yet.”