There is already years of uncertainty about the future of the district First Sergeant A. Lemahieu on the Kemmelseweg in Ypres. The new plans of Defence, however, leave not much to the imagination. All services will disappear in the coming years from Ypres and then wait for probably the final closure of the barracks, although the forces of the word closure is not in the mouth. “But it is certain, however, that everything disappears, so it doesn't look good for Ypres”, realizes Bart Battheu, vakbondsafgevaardigde GCPS Defence. “Of course it is possible that there is something in place, but the forces keep silent about that in all the languages.”Removal
it is confirmed that in april 2020, a new competence centre is in Peutie, that should be operational by 2021. “For the area of backing material and Products in Ieper is a uitdoofscenario drawn”, Battheu further. The storage and the distribution of the clothing moves as the first to Peutie. In a second phase, the drivers and the vehicles for commercial transportation to the door. That service provides, for example, transport of military forces in the NATO context. Between 2021 and 2023 is the CBRN-unit (CBRN stands for Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear, editor's note) divided on, among other Peutie, Lombardsijde and Zeebrugge.
The largest part of the workforce in Ypres in 2023 to be retired, but for forty soldiers, there remains uncertaintyBart Battheu, vakbondsafgevaardigde GCPS Defence
there are Currently another 130 military personnel stationed in Ypres, by January 2022, that will be still 110. “The scenario provides security for people who retire in 2023 and that is the largest part of the workforce in Ypres. They can then stay. For forty other soldiers, there remains inherent uncertainty. What happens after 2023?”, tells Battheu. Also the trade union leader is in that situation. The adjutant is now 49 years old and still has seven years to go before he retired. “I'm from Poperinge, and, of course, would rather be in my own region to remain, especially for my last carrièrejaren.”