Plans for barracks heard at full meeting of South Kesteven District Council

A full meeting of South Kesteven District Council was held yesterday.
A full meeting of South Kesteven District Council was held yesterday.

The recently-appointed station commander of the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks gave a presentation to a full meeting of South Kesteven District Council yesterday (Thursday), about its current and future status.

Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone took up the post four months ago, which coincided with the renaming of the Territorial Army as the new Army Reserve.

Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

During the public meeting, Lt Col Stone also spoke about as yet unconfirmed plans for 100 members of the Logistics brigade and their families, due to return from Germany, to be stationed in the area from July 2015.

If approved by the Ministry of Defence, it is proposed that the majority would be accommodated in houses purchased in Sleaford, with the remaining living within the barracks themselves.

But this proposal has yet to come before ministers.

The Prince William of Gloucester Barracks currently accommodates 1,230 from regiments including the army reservists, the 167 Catering Support Regiment and two operational support group Royal Logistic Corps.

Lt Col Stone said: “We are very proud of our location in this great town. We want to continue to build on the great relationship that the barracks has had with the town.”

Leader of South Kesteven District Council Linda Neal was among those to welcome Lt Col Stone, and added: “We are very proud you are a part of Grantham.”

Lt Col Stone also said that they are keen to recruit those from a variety of skill sets, highlighting that there are places for those wishing to join up to the age of 52.