A link to the colonial past was broken yesterday when the PLA announced it would rename the eight barracks it took over from British forces. The Prince of Wales Barracks will be renamed Central Barracks in line with a decision by the PLA to make the new names 'easy to remember' by linking them to their locations. The changes, which will come into effect after the necessary legislative procedures, come two years and 10 months after the PLA marched into the territory to assert mainland sovereignty. A PLA spokesman said the names were chosen after extensive study and took note of social and media concerns. 'After taking into consideration Hong Kong's return to the motherland and making it easy for Hong Kong citizens to remember, the barracks are renamed according to their geographical locations,' the spokesman said. PLA troops started dismantling the sign at the Prince of Wales Building late last year in order to erase traces of British colonial titles at its garrisons. Victoria Barracks will become Justice Road Barracks; Bonham Court Barracks changes to Western Barracks; and, Osborn Barracks becomes Kowloon East Barracks. Borneo Barracks will be renamed Sek Kong North Barracks; Malaysia Barracks, Sek Kong South Barracks; Cassino Lines, San Tin Barracks; and Tai O Navy Observatory changes to Tai O Barracks. Prince of Wales Barracks was named after Britain's Prince Charles in 1979 when he opened the military site it stands in, known as HMS Tamar. The 4,000-strong PLA Garrison festoons the outside of the building with a light display at Lunar New Year.