Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- March 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – March 2013

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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

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