Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter April 2014
This Newsletter can be found at the above link
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Beware of out of date maps! Ordnance survey maps are updated periodically to incorporate changes and can soon be out of date. A large number of rights of way on Larkhill Ranges have been re-aligned and a further 3 in West Lavington, Figheldean and South Tidworth have been diverted. Following the legally required consultation, orders have been made and on or about the 20th of March the Definitive Map on the Wiltshire Council website will be amended. A plan of the new rights of way alignments on Larkhill Ranges can be found at the link above.
Flooding. DIO staff have been working with Wiltshire Council and contractors to help reduce the effects of recent and future flooding around the Plain and continue to respond positively to all requests from the Council. It is a relief for us all to see water levels falling.
Retirement of Lt Col (Retd) Nigel Linge. I retire in early April and my post will be gapped for a while. Thank you for a very enjoyable four years in post. If you have any access queries or other issues where you normally dealt with me, please use the Complaints Line to leave a message ((01980) 620819) and the appropriate person will call you back.
Activity on the Plain will be significantly reduced in April.
1 – 11 April. 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will train with a company of Warrior armoured vehicles on SPTA East, 26 Engineer Regiment will conduct an armoured engineer squadron battle run from east to west, and the 3rd (UK) Division Signal Regiment will mount a divisional signals exercise using sites across the whole Plain.
7 – 10 April. The Royal School of Artillery final live fire exercise CROSSED CANNONS involving four courses using 105mm light guns, 155mm AS90 (Artillery System of the 90s) self- propelled guns and Multi Launch Rocket Systems will exercise mainly in Larkhill Range.
The rest of April will see low level training and preparation for the Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise for 20 Armoured Brigade (based in Germany). This Mission Specific Training will run from 3 to 11 May 2014 and involve 1800 troops and 200 vehicles.
Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .
Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29 April
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:
Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.
Upcoming Major Exercises.
During the following exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX STORM
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: 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 April
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 April
Summer Firing Times: From 1 March, firing times from are:
Mon, Wed & Fri: 0830 – 1700, Tues, Thurs & Sat: 0830 – 2230 Sun: 0830 – 1300.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned dates for 2014 are as follows:
Easter 1600 Thurs 17 April to 0800 Tues 22 Apr
Summer 1600 Thurs 21 Aug to 0800 Tues 2 Sep.
Remembrance Service Sat 8 Nov Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000.
Christmas & New Year 1600 Thurs 18 Dec to 0800 Mon 5 Jan.
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.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?
If a crime is taking place e.g. hare coursing 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.
N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain