Salisbury Plain Training Area – February 2017 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter
February 2017
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link


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February 2017 Newsletter
The month of February will start with the Field Training Unit organised Army Weapons Effect Simulation Exercise WESSEX STORM for light protective mobility infantry role which will use extensive areas across the Plain. This exercise will involve the use of Foxhound and Husky wheeled armoured vehicles and will be supported by elements of a light cavalry squadron in CVRT. The exercise will finish on 20 Feb 17. The final week of the month will host 3 heavy engineer squadrons and 2 warrior companies moving from the east to the west of the Plain. The public should be aware that tank crossings and bridge crossings over the A360, A345, A338, B390, and the C22 (Tilshead to Chitterne) roads will be very busy and if conditions are wet mud clearance parties will be working on the crossings. Notice is also given that the training areas in the Copehill Down and Bourne Valley (SPTA East) areas will be heavily used over this period and that recreational use of the Salisbury Plain military lands in these areas are to be restricted to public rights of way only as per the byelaws.

Note: NOTICE TO ALL DOG WALKERS
In the recent weeks there have been two serious incidents involving dogs on SPTA, both due to walkers not keeping them under control. The first was a dog had strayed into an out of bounds area where there was hazardous military training infrastructure, the dog injured itself quite severely as a result. The second was a dog had broken into a temporary penning and killed one sheep and severely wounded another. (The latter was destroyed).
Dog walkers are reminded that in accordance with Salisbury Plain Byelaws 1981 : No person when on the Military Lands shall fail to keep under control any dog or animal.

A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/435909/Imber_A5_Leaflet-final_Online_version.pdf

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 .

MONTHLY FIRING CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 2017 (Subject to Change)
1. ARTILLERY LIVE FIRING DAYS FROM AREAS 6, 7 AND 8:
Nil
2. ARTILLERY LIVE FIRING DAYS ON SALISBURY PLAIN (EAST):
Nil
3. LATE FIRING DAYS ON LARKHILL/WESTDOWN DANGER AREA:
02, 04, 07, 09, 11, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
4. NON- FIRING DAYS ON LARKHILL/WESTDOWN DANGER AREA:
18, 19, 25, 26
5. NON- FIRING DAYS ON BULFORD RANGES:
04, 05, 18, 19, 25, 26
Note: All Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.

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) 674763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2017 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
Easter 1800hrs Thur 13 Apr 17 0800hrs Tue 18 Apr 17
Summer 1800hrs Fri 25 Aug 17 0800hrs Tue 29 Aug 17
Remberance Day 0900hrs Sat 11 Nov 17 1400hrs Sat 11 Nov 17
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 any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

The new Rural Crime Partnership for Wiltshire and Swindon (hereafter ‘the Rural Crime Partnership’) has been established by Wiltshire Police in consultation with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon to provide governance for, and oversee delivery of, rural crime strategy. It provides coherence, direction and guidance to
the delivery and apportionment of rural policing resources across the county in the context of the Community Policing Model.

The first meeting was held at Wiltshire Police Headquarters on 18th October 2016; this is seen by Headquarters SPTA as a positive initiative in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour on Salisbury Plain.
Members of the Rural Crime Partnership for Wiltshire and Swindon
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.

Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:
• Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
• Wash your hands before you eat.
• Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.
Jim Russell
WO2 (DTSO)
for
Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain