Salisbury Plain Training Area – Newsletter April 2015

Salisbury Plain Training Area  Newsletter April 2015
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TRAINING
General Overview:
Activity on the Plain will be significantly reduced in the first half of April. Following the Easter Weekend the Royal School of Artillery 4 main courses will combine on Exercise CROSSED CANNONS with both live and dry training based throughout the plain. Concurrently the land Warfare Centre will conduct the Warrior Junior Comds course on the Imber Ranges and Challenger squadrons from the Kings Royal Hussars and Royal Tank Regiment will train across all of the training area.

As part of Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 2015 elements of 16 Air Assault Brigade will conduct a parachute landing on the Imber Drop Zone on 17/18 April and patrol north off the Plain to assault the airfield at Keevil. Most activity will be on foot with a small number of light wheeled vehicles.

The week 20th – 24th April will see a large armoured Exercise LIONS STRIKE being conducted across the Plain from West to East whilst armoured sub-units from 5 units based in Tidworth/Bulford carrying out low level armoured manoeuvre training.

In the last week of April logistic elements which support the Lead Commando Battle Group will train on SPTA alongside Warrior and Mastiff companies from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and 4th Battalion The Rifles.

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 .

Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8: 8th and 10th April 2015
Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) Nil
Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 2nd , 8th , 9th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st , 23rd ,28th , and 30st April 2015
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil
Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 3rd t, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th April 2015
Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th April 2015
Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 0800 0223334.

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

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.

Imber Ranges.
The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2014 are as follows:

Event Open Closed
Easter 1800hrs Thurs 2 Apr 0800hrs Tues 7 Apr
Summer 1800hrs Fri 7 Aug 0800hrs Mon 24 Aug
Remembrance Sunday 1800hrs Fri 06 Nov 0800hrs Mon 9 Nov
Christmas 1800hrs Fri 11 Dec 0800hrs Mon 3 Jan 15
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 and do not under any circumstances 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.

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.

S J MADEN
WO2 (CSM)
for
Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain