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An old cannon in front of a barracks building

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2020

Last night (25 November) the Council unanimously passed a motion opposing Ministry of Defence plans to sell the Woolwich Barracks site.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will remain in Woolwich, but plans to sell the bulk of the site. 

The Grade II* listed Barracks have been at the heart of Woolwich since their completion in 1802, and have been a core part of the Council's community links with the Armed Forces, going back three centuries. 

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "The Barracks and armed forces have a deep connection with our borough and we value their continued presence here. Councillors from both political parties are united in our opposition to the decision to sell the site. 

We successfully campaigned against a proposed sale in 2016 and I hope that the government changes its mind again.” 

The motion reads: 

“Council welcomes the announcement by the Ministry of Defence that the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will remain in Woolwich as their “long-term home”, thus continuing our Borough’s long-established links with the Royal Artillery; but notes with concern that disposal of the rest of the historic Woolwich Barracks site is scheduled to continue “as planned”. Council reaffirms its unanimous cross-party resolution of December 2016 to oppose the closure of Woolwich Barracks; notes that this opposition is shared by thousands of local residents who have signed petitions on the subject in recent years; and calls on the Government urgently to reconsider the disposal of this site, and keep Woolwich Barracks open.” 

Watch the meeting where the motion was discussed and agreed (from 2hr 44 min)