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Proposed Cosford army relocation

A proposed move of Army units based in Germany to Cosford would bring redevelopment openings with local contractors

Defence Minister Bob Ainsworth today announced the proposed move of Army units currently based in Germany to Cosford.

Armed Forces Minister Mr Ainsworth said: "Cosford has been chosen as our preferred site to base both 1 Signal Brigade and 102 Logistics Brigade when they return from Germany.

"Redevelopment at Cosford will involve the creation of Civil Service jobs and further openings with local contractors which we hope will provide great opportunities for the people of Cosford.

"We will now draw up detailed plans and undertake wide consultation with all of the Cosford's stakeholders including local authorities, health, education and welfare providers as well as the Trades Unions and our own Service personnel."

The move of the two brigades is expected to be completed by 2014 and will see approximately 2,600 troops and their families and dependants move to Cosford. The presence of such a significant number of troops may pave the way for a West Midlands 'Super Garrison' in the future.