I am dismayed to hear this announcement from the MoD, particularly considering that there has been no public consultation on the sale of Kneller Hall. The Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall has a special place in our community - its summer proms are great fun and always packed; and the World War One re-enactment of the Christmas football match is a special memory for me personally.
I am also conscious of the important role that Kneller Hall plays in ensuring that we have an armed forces base locally and our Remembrance Day services are attended by an increasingly large number of residents who value Kneller Hall's presence at our wreath laying ceremonies.
I do not support these plans and will be fighting them together with local councillors. I have asked ministers to meet with me and reverse their decision, and I will be asking local residents to join me in signing my petition I have started against the sale, which will be presented to Parliament.