The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery is to stay in Woolwich, it has been announced, but the rest of the barracks will be sold by the Ministry of Defence.

In a announcement earlier this week, the Government has reconsidered its plans to close Woolwich Barracks completely.

The Ministry of Defence's Jeremy Quin said they "will be enclaving Napier Lines at Woolwich Barracks as the long-term home for The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery."

It is mixed news however, as "the disposal of the remainder of both sites will continued as planned."

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Greenwich and Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook took to Twitter to celebrate the "fantastic news."

He said keeping the King's Troop RHA in Woolwich would "retain our community's link with our armed forces."

However, he also added that his campaign to stop the sell-off of the remainder of the barracks site would still continue.

Plans to close the Woolwich Barracks were first revealed in 2016 as part of a 25-year strategy to "modernise its estate" and reduce its property ownership by a third.

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Numerous sites were to close, it was announced, and since then numerous campaigns have been launched to protect the site, including one led by Pennycook.

Mr Pennycook last year presented a petition with 4,000 signatures rallying against the closure in the House of Commons last year.

“Woolwich is a military town, and we have a proud history with the Army locally, going back hundreds of years,” Cllr Hills, himself an Army veteran, said of the most recent move.

“The decision to close the barracks is simply wrong, and it needs to be reversed as soon as possible.

“I hope as many people as possible will sign this petition and let the government know the strength of feeling locally before it’s too late.”

Then on Armed Forces Day this year, Greenwich Conservatives launched a renewed campaign to keep the barracks in Woolwich.