SPTA – Janaury 2019

Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter: January 2019

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January 2019 Newsletter

The range is fully operational from 7 Jan 19. The new Training Year will start on a very quiet note for thefirst two weeks. The final 2 weeks will see 3rd (UK) Armd Division conducting a manoeuvre andcommunication exercise across the plain. One armoured Engineer squadron and 2 armoured reccesquadrons with CVRT are also operating across the plain. Live firing is taking place in the centre with LtGun, Mortars and Small arms. There are a number of specialist FIND units out using their optical and radar detection equipment.

The red flags will be down in the WEST and CENTRE until the 7 Jan 19. The public should be aware that tank 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 is to be restricted to public rights of way only as per the byelaws.
Please report all concerns to the Complaints Help Desk on 01980 620819 in the first instance.

 There are two recent Defence Infrastructure Organisation blogs that relate to keeping safe whilst legallyusing the Military Lands on Salisbury Plain, please take the time to read them – the links can be found below:

https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/19/how-to-risk-your-life-on-the-military-training-estate/

https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/24/six-ridiculous-excuses-for-risking-your-life-on-the-training-estate/

Monthly firing calendar for Jan 2019 (subject to change)

  1. Artillery live firing days from areas 6, 7 and 8 (east of Chitterne): Nil
  2. Artillery live firing days on Salisbury plain (east) (north of Bulford & west of Tidworth): Nil
  3. Late firing days on Larkhill/Westdown danger area (north of Larkhill): 08, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
  4. Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown danger area: 1

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 19, 20, 26, 27

  1. Non-firing days on Bulford fixed firing ranges: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 19, 20, 26, 27
  2. Late firing days on Imber ranges, areas 1, 2, 3, 4 (east of Warminster) 19, 20

Byelaw Governance Antisocial Behaviour

Parish members are encouraged to report all illegal activity on Salisbury plain to the Wiltshire Police.

If serious crime is experienced 999 should be dialled, and for all other reports including: illegal off-roading,illegal motor biking, drone use, poaching, hare coursing, petty theft, camping on MoD land, kite flyingplease call 101 and list the call as ‘antisocial behaviour’ and a byelaw violation. Once reported please inform range control on the Plainwatch number: 01980 674700 or email PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk.

Access

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber RangeByelaws. 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 at all times, except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned opening dates for 2018 are as follows

Event Open Closed

Christmas 1800hrs Thur 27 Dec 18 0800hrs Wed 02 Jan 19

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

Note. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

What Can You Do To Reduce Crime On Salisbury Plain?

There has been an increase of thefts from motor vehicles that have been left unattended on the training area. Owners are reminded not to leave valuables in plain sight. If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

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.

Training Estate Public Safety

Chris Shears
Major (Training Safety Officer) for

Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain Training Area