Category Archives: Salisbury Plain Training Area

The Army started land purchase on Salisbury Plain in 1897 and the total area of the current estate is just over 38,000 hectares. The Training Area measures 25 miles by 10 miles (40 km by 16 km) and occupies about one ninth of the county of Wiltshire.

Defence Training Estate Salisbury Plain (DTE SP) provides walkers with the opportunity to see an archaeological landscape, which is of unparalleled importance in Northern Europe. There are some 2,300 archaeological sites including features dating back to 4000 BC, along with more recent Roman settlements. Salisbury Plain has one of the most dense concentrations of ancient long and round barrows anywhere in Britain.

Salisbury Plain is the largest area of chalk grassland in north-west Europe and contains 40% of the remaining area of this habitat in the UK. In recognition of its importance about 20,000 hectares of grassland have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area Conservation (SAC).

Species supported within the grassland include butterflies now uncommon in Britain such as marsh fritillary, adonis blue and brown hairstreak. All have healthy populations in the area. ATE SP is also designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds, such as the stone curlew where 10% of the UK population are found. Roe deer are numerous and are often seen by day.
Access Opportunities

A variety of access is available on DTE SP including the Imber Range Perimeter Path (IRPP), a waymarked route (see link under “Related pages”). The eastern third of DTE SP, the area shown as managed access on the OS Explorer map, is where the majority of access is available. The numerous rights of way remain open during military training, even when tanks are manoeuvring.

Salisbury Plain

The Bulford Ranges are adjacent to the managed access area and are closed to the public during Live Firing. They are used extensively, normally five days per week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at least one weekend per month. Red flags are flown or lamps lit at night around the danger areas, at which time public access is prohibited. When the flags are down or lamps unlit at night you may enter this Danger Area.
Further Information from…

For further information, call 01980 674763. An answer phone recording gives up to date information on areas open for public access.
OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheets 183 and 184 (1:50,000) OS Explorer Sheets 130 and 143 (1:25,000)

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – September 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter

September 2013 Updated

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
This Newsletter can be found at the above link.

STOP PRESS
Details for the St Giles day service at Imber Church have just changed and the Newsletter reissued.

Users of Salisbury Plain can now get up-to-date information about the training area thanks to the launch of the MOD’s new ‘hashtag’ #modontheplain. The new hashtag will make it easy to stay abreast of everything that’s happening on the Plain and will be used to communicate information including: firing times (and changes), access news, updates on range fires and other public safety issues. The hashtag has been launched by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which Twitter users can follow under the name @MOD_DIO.
Plain Watch now has an e-mail address PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk

TRAINING
5 – 8 Sep. 7th Armoured Brigade will conclude their Afghanistan operational pre- deployment training Ex PASHTUN DAWN. Large convoys of vehicles will be departing from Salisbury Plain on Friday 6
September and throughout the weekend 7/8 September. Some disruption may be caused to civilian traffic at tank crossings across the Plain and on the A303, A360, A345, A338, A3026 and Chitterne/Tilshead roads.
19 – 30 Sep. 1st Independent Mortar Battery, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps that served in Bosnia in 1996 as part of a British led NATO force will train on SPTA and fire on Larkhill ranges.
23 – 30 Sep. Two Territorial Army units, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry in Challenger tanks, and the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry in WIMIK Land Rovers will conduct armoured and reconnaissance training across the whole Plain.
25 – 26 Sep. Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division Troop Commanders course conduct two day familiarisation on Challenger tanks in the West and Centre of the Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 Sep.
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

NOTE. There will be 2 x live weekends in September: Sat 14 & Sun 15 plus Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sep.
Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.
Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail www.gov.uk/lowflying-in-your-area. These details have changed.

Provisional Dates for Major Exercises.

During the following exercise access may be restricted on
Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
27 Aug 13 – 5 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

ACCESS
Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 7, 8, 28, 29 Sep.
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Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29 Sep.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

IMBER
Summer Opening Dates. Dates remain from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day Service. The service will be at 1500 on Saturday 21 Sep (with access from Warminster only). The convoy will leave the Warminster Vedette Post on the Imber Road at 1415.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6th Jan 14.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?
If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk.
The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- June 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter June 2013

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Considerable damage has been done to the byway network by large numbers of four wheel drive (4WD) users during the very wet winter . Landmarc and Wiltshire Council have been conducting repairs in the drier weather especially in Chitterne, Shrewton, Tilshead and Wylye parishes. We are working with Tread Lightly and Wiltshire Council to educate all users on sustainable use of green lanes and will publish a Good Practice Guide (GPG) shortly.
A section of stock fence is soon to be erected between the Impact Area and the perimeter tank track on Ridgeway in Market Lavington and Easterton parishes in the area of Lavington Vedette. This will not affect rights of way and will include a kissing gate for the proposed new Lavington Loop footpath.
There will be an update on Plain Watch in next month’s edition.

 

TRAINING

June will start with fairly low levels of training in the first week.
10 – 24 June sees the major training event involving 3rd Battalion the Scottish Regiment and 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment on Exercise WESSEX THUNDER using the AWES weapons effect simulation system. 3 SCOTS are a light role battalion equipped with light wheeled vehicles and 3 YORKS are an armoured infantry battalion equipped with Warrior and Bulldog supported by a Challenger tank squadron and armoured engineer troop for their role as the Land Warfare Centre Battle Group. WESSEX THUNDER will train in the West and Centre of the Plain. Local units from Tidworth and Bulford conduct fairly extensive training on the East.
24 – 30 June, 12 Mechanised Brigade will rehearse and conduct an armoured battle group obstacle crossing demonstration on Imber Ranges. In the same period squadrons from 1 Royal Tank Regiment (Challenger), the Light Dragoons (CVRT) and 4 Logistic Support Regiment together with a Royal Netherlands Marine Corps mortar battery will carry out low level training in the Centre and East.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 25th, 27th June
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): 21st, 22nd June
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area. These details have changed.

Provisional Dates for Major Exercises. During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

 

ACCESS

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.
Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 29th, 30th June.
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Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th June.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

 

IMBER

Provisional Summer Opening Dates. Provisional dates are from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day. The St Giles Day service will take place on the weekend 21/22 Sep, details to follow.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6th Jan 14.

1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

 

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter May 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter May 2013

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Ridgeway. The refurbishment of Ridgeway from Joan a Gore Cross to Crossing Bravo is complete. In the near future MOD vehicles will be directed to use the new military road from Imber Ranges to Market Lavington Vedettel. This will leave the tarmac road free for civilian traffic.

Major Exercises from 19 – 30 May: There will be heavy use of tank crossings on the Tilshead/Chitterne road, A360, and A345 and training noise during unsociable hours and significant air activity with both helicopters and fast jets flying at low altitude.

TRAINING

1 – 3 May: 19 Regiment Royal Artillery will complete its conversion to AS 90 155mm self-propelled guns on 3 may and depart from the training area.
1 and 2 May: Land Warfare Centre (LWC) Armoured Division will train with Challenger tanks (Exercise FIRST VIEW) on SPTA East.
3 – 16 May sees the new multi-national European Union Battle Group training on the West and around Copehill Down. The battle group consists of elements from 42 Commando Royal Marines with sub-units from Sweden, Netherlands (Marine company), Lithuania (infantry company), and Latvia (motorised infantry company). A major live firing exercise is scheduled for 10 – 12 May.
13 – 17 May: LWC exercise BADGERS STRESS runs with light armoured vehicles across the whole Plain plus Warrior fighting vehicles on exercise RARDENS REVENGE.
17 – 19 May: A quiet weekend.
20- 24 May sees Combined Arms Tactical Division final exercise LIONS STRIKE (the largest armoured exercise conducted on Salisbury Plain) on the West and Centre.
27 – 30 May: Armoured and Armoured Infantry Division exercise TEAM SPIRIT will train across the whole Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 02, 07, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 May
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.
Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area. These details have changed.

Provisional Dates for Major Exercises.

During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

ACCESS

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.
Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 04, 05, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 May
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Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1 – 20, 25, 26 May.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

IMBER

Provisional Summer Opening Dates. Provisional dates are from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day. The St Giles Day service will take place on the weekend 21/22 Sep, details to follow.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6th Jan 14.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

 

N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Commander DTE SW

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- March 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – March 2013

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnvironmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/SalisburyPlainimberRangePerimeterPath.htm
This Newsletter can be found at the above link. The MOD Access site has been moved to a new central site at Gov.UK. Some difficulties have been experienced but it is hoped that these will be resolved in the near future.

Or you can download the file (PDF) here

STOP PRESS
Easter Opening of the Roads through Imber. The road through Imber from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross and the roads from Heytesbury to Imber and from Bratton to Imber will be open from 1800 hrs on Friday 29th March (Good Friday) until 1800 hrs on Wednesday 3rd April.

TRAINING
1 Mechanised Brigade will continue its operational pre- deployment training on Salisbury Plain until Sunday 3 March. Ex PASHTUN DAWN, will take place across the whole Plain and involve some 9000 troops, in excess of 550 tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles, and both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Large convoys, some in excess of 80 vehicles, will operate on the training area and there may be some disruption to civilian traffic at tank crossings. For the period of the exercise there will be no access to the Larkhill Artillery Ranges and permissive stone tracks in the Tilshead / Chitterne / Shrewton triangle (Copehill Down area) will be closed in the interest of public safety. Members of the public using Salisbury Plain for recreation during this period are required to keep to the public rights of way. Military convoys leaving the Plain at the end of the exercise may cause some disruption from late afternoon on Sunday 3 March until Tuesday 5 March.

During the weeks 4 – 31 March normal levels of training will resume as local armoured units from Tidworth and Bulford, and the Land Warfare Centre, deploy onto the area to conduct manoeuvre training.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th March.

Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil.

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.
Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

Provisional Dates for Major Exercises.

During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
9 Feb 13 – 3 Mar 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

ACCESS
Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Public rights of way located in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Larkhill Ranges
No firing is planned for: 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st March.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges
No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st March.

Imber Ranges
The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened and access is then limited to the roads from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross, Bratton to Imber and Heytesbury to Imber.
Easter Opening of the Roads through Imber. The road through Imber from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross and the roads from Heytesbury to Imber and from Bratton to Imber will be open from 1800 hrs on Friday 29th March (Good Friday) until 1800 hrs on Wednesday 3rd April

Details for road opening in the summer and for St Giles’s Day and Remembrance services will be published as soon as they are known.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?
If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Commander DTE SW

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- February 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- February 2013

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnvironmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/SalisburyPlainimberRangePerimeterPath.htm
This Newsletter can be found at the above link. The MOD Access site has been moved to a new central site at Gov.UK. Some difficulties have been experienced but it is hoped that these will be resolved in the near future.

or you can download a copy here  sptanews-feb-2013.pdf 133.73 Kb

 

STOP PRESS
There have been a number of recent attacks by dogs on sheep and other users of the Plain. Dog owners are reminded that dogs must be kept under control at all times when on public rights of way and when using SPTA for recreational purposes. Please report any incidents to the Plain Watch number below so that we can better target offenders.

Military Road Works on the closing sections Eastern Infrastructure Plan are planned to take place as follows:
New road Imber Ranges to Lavington Vedette via A360 (Delta Crossing) – Jan to Easter 2013
Ridgeway (the stone track between Lavington Vedette and Casterley) – Jan & Mar 2013

TRAINING
February will see a high rate of activity on the Plain throughout the month.
1 – 8 February. Preparation for the 1 Mechanised Brigade Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise PASHTUN DAWN will continue during the first week of February with communications and logistic assets working on the training area.
4 – 8 February. Major armoured manoeuvre and artillery live firing exercises across the whole Plain during the first week with the armoured and armoured infantry Ex TEAM SPIRIT on the West and Centre of the Plain between 4 – 7 February. At the same time two of the main Royal School of Artillery courses will be live firing with AS 90 and light guns. Civilian contractors will be erecting compound structures across the Plain at sites which, the public are asked to stay well away from.
9 February – 4 March. The main body of troops and vehicles arrive on 9/10 February and depart on 3/4 March with slow moving convoys heading from and to the Tidworth area. The exercise which starts on 12 February and finishes on 3 March will take place across the entire length of the Plain and involve some 9000 troops and support personnel, over 550 tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles, and both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Large convoys (some in excess of 80 vehicles), will operate on the training area and there may be some disruption at tank crossings on the A360, A345, A338 and the A3026. For the period of the exercise there will be no public access to the Larkhill Artillery Ranges, and permissive stone tracks in the Tilshead/Chitterne/Shrewton triangle (Copehill Down area) will be closed in the interest of public safety.
Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th February.
Live firing on Salisbury plain (East): 6th February.
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying

Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.
Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

Provisional Dates for Future Major Exercises. During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
9 Feb 13 – 3 Mar 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

ACCESS
Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Public rights of way located in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.
Larkhill Ranges
No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th February.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges
No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th February.

Imber Ranges
The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened and access is then limited to the roads from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross, Bratton to Imber and Heytesbury to Imber.
Details for road opening at Easter, in the summer and for St Giles’s Day and Remembrance services will be published as soon as they are known.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?
If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Commander DTE SW

SPTA Newsletter January 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area
Newsletter
January 2013
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnviro
nmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/SalisburyPlainimberRangePerimeterPath.htm

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Military Road Works – Eastern Infrastructure Plan (EIP)
Work on the closing sections of this project are planned to take place as follows:
New Road – Golf Golf Crossing to Perham Down ranges – Nov 2012 to Jul 2013
New Tank Crossing (Papa Golf) over Somme Road Perham Down – Nov 2012 to Easter 2013
New Tank Crossing (Papa Papa) over Kimpton Road, Perham Down – Nov 2012 to Easter 2013
New road Imber Ranges to Lavington Vedette via A360 (Delta Crossing) – Jan to Easter 2013
Ridgeway (the stone track between Lavington Vedette and Casterley) – Jan & Mar 2013

TRAINING

Activity on the Plain will be very light until the second week in January.
8 – 10 January – The Land Warfare (LWC) Centre Troop Commanders’ course will have their first run
out on the West and Centre of the Plain in Challenger 2 tanks together with the Brigade
Reconnaissance course on Exercise Badgers Hole.
21 – 31 January – Warminster based 3 YORKS will start training to become the LWC Battle Group
with Warrior and Support Weapons Company deployed.
28 – 31 Jan – LWC Armoured Infantry Course will deploy on Exercise Rarden’s Revenge together
with Brigade Reconnaissance on their exercise Badgers Stress.
Preparation for Ex PASHTUN DAWN (1 Mechanised Brigade Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise)
will start on 21 January with the inload of communications and logistic assets plus the construction of
infrastructure to support the troops in the field. The exercise will take place across the length of the
Plain between 9 February and 3 March and will involve some 4000 troops, 250 tracked and wheeled
armoured vehicles, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st, January.
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert &
Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

Provisional Dates for Future Major Exercises.

During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
9 Feb 13 – 3 Mar 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

ACCESS

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range
Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Public rights of way located in Range Danger
Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings
for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Larkhill Ranges

No firing is planned for: 1st to 7th, 12th, 13th, 26th, 27th January.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.

Bulford Ranges
No firing is planned for: 1st to 7th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th January.

Imber Ranges

The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened and access is then limited to
the roads from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross, Bratton to Imber and Heytesbury to Imber.

Details for road opening at Easter, in the summer and for St Giles’s Day and Remembrance services
will be published as soon as they are known.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the
better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Commander DTE SW

Salisbury Plain Training Area – July 2011

SALISBURY PLAIN TRAINING AREA (SPTA) – NEWSLETTER – JULY 2011

STOP PRESS

Fly tipping on Salisbury Plain cost a Westbury builder nearly £2,500!

See Western Daily press and the Warminster Journal for details.

TRAINING ON SPTA IN JULY

1 – 17 July sees exercises by the 1 LANCS battle group, a squadron of armoured engineers and a 3 YORKS armoured infantry company equipped with Warrior.  Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Mortar and Anti Tank Companies mounted in BV 206 light tracked vehicles will conduct live firing in the first week of July with 120mm mortars and Gill Strike anti tank missiles.

 

18 – 22 July sees three Land Warfare Centre armoured exercises SABRES THRUST, BADGERS STRESS and FINAL STRIKE moving across the Plain over four days.  At the same time the largest Royal School of Artillery exercise of the year CROSSED CANNONS will deploy into the Centre and East as the culmination of four courses live firing with 105mm L118 Light Guns and 155mm AS90.

 

23 July to 24 August.  Germany based 20 Armoured Brigade conduct their pre-Afghanistan exercise (PASHTUN DAWN) with 6100 troops and 300+ armoured vehicles plus jets, transport aircraft and helicopters. Convoys in excess of 80 vehicles may cause delays on tank crossings.

 

In the interests of public safety permissory use of the Military Lands for recreational purposes is suspended from 24 July to 22 August 2011.  The public are requested to avoid areas where troops are training and to keep to rights of way on the Plain.   There will be no access to Larkhill Artillery Ranges and permissive stone tracks in the Copehill Down area (Tilshead, Chitterne & Shrewton triangle) will be closed to the public.

Firing Noise. Firing is closely managed to ensure that legal noise limits are not exceeded and disturbance is minimised.  Although some may find the noise intrusive, it is well below legal limits.

 

Late Firing on Larkhill & Westdown Ranges: 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, 30th.

AS90 Firing from Salisbury Plain East: 19th July.

AS90 Firing from Salisbury Plain West &

Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle 21st July.

 

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying. Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time.  Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active throughout.

 

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

 

ACCESS

Access to Salisbury Plain is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands and Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws.  This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and urgent training bids may come in subsequently.  Always comply with local signs and flags.

 

Access timings can be found on the SPTA Walks Line:  (01980) 67 4763.

 

Bulford Ranges. Public rights of way through Bulford Ranges are closed when red flags are flying.  No firing is planned for: 9th to 31st July Inclusive.

 

Larkhill Ranges. Public rights of way through Larkhill Ranges are closed when red flags are flying.  No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd July.

 

Note. In the event of range fires access may be denied to some areas due to the risk of unexploded ordnance “cooking off”.

Imber. Difficult terrain and unexploded military debris makes it hazardous to leave the tarmac roads.  The public are excluded from Imber Ranges except when the roads are opened to reduce journey times across Imber Ranges.  It is planned to open roads through Imber as follows:

 

1. 27, 28 & 29 August. Bank Holiday Weekend.

2. September 3 – 4. Access to St Giles’ Church to celebrate St Giles’ Day.

3. 12 – 13 November.                        Remembrance Day.

4. 17 December – 2 January 2012. Christmas and New Year break.

 

Notes.

  1. Even when the roads are open the village remains out of bounds to the public.
  2. These dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

 

Upcoming Major Exercises. During the following major exercises access will be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

 

24 Jul              –          22 Aug            Ex PASHTUN DAWN

26 Sep            –          30 Sep                        Ex LIONSTRIKE

13 Nov            –          27 Nov            Ex WESSEX THUNDER

Offences Causing Most Trouble to Users of SPTA. Currently the greatest problems are:

a.                  Illegal “Off Roading” by 4WD and motor cycles i.e. not on metalled roads or byways, or without Road Tax, MOT or Insurance.  Three motor cycles were seized in April!

b.                  Criminal damage.

c.                  Fly tipping.

d.                  Theft of and from vehicles and theft of metal.

e.                  Poaching (including hare coursing).

 

What You Can Do to Reduce Crime. Please report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles. If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.

 

Dog Fouling. For those who object to removing faeces, please “Google” Toxicara Canis.

We have no funds for “dog bins”.  In large quantities faeces are hazardous waste but small amounts can be placed in any rubbish bin if “bagged”.  All we ask is that:

 

a.                  Dog walkers stay away from military training.

b.                  Owners pick up faeces, bag them, take them home and put them in their own bin.

 

Salisbury Plain Maps. The latest maps of Salisbury Plain are Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer Series: Salisbury & Stonehenge (Sheet 130) 2009: Warminster & Trowbridge (Sheet 143) 2010.

 

 

 

N D LINGE MBE

Lt Col (Retd)

for Commander

Salibury Plain Training Area Newsletter- December 2008

SALISBURY PLAIN TRAINING AREA (SPTA) NEWS SHEET FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2008
This forecast shows our planned training. Unfortunately operational requirements mean that dates and times can change. The warning flags and signs show the actual range danger areas on a given day. Late night firing times Tues, Thurs and Sat March to October 2330hrs and November to February 2100hrs inclusive.

 

SPTA Newsletter December 2008.pdf