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Agenda 17-10-2016 Planning Meeting

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            Salisbury Plain Training Area


                    October 2016

This Newsletter can be found at the above link


The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 3200 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to:


October 2016 Newsletter


October is the start of EX WESSEX STORM, 1-20 Nov, with 4 SCOTS, a mechanized BG. They will be exercising from Warminster West to Tidworth East conduction challenging operations. There are also infantry company and armoured squadrons excercising at varying times during the month: a very busy time on the plain.

Safety is all important. 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.

There is live firing from all weapon systems including AS90 from 19 Regiment, Royal Artillery and various infantry sections of mortars. It should be noted that late night firing on Tuesday and Thursday evening will finish at 2

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A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit:

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at .

MONTHLY FIRING CALENDAR FOR October 2016 (Subject to Change)


Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 & 8:- NIL


Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East):- NIL


Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 04th, 06th, 11th, 13th, 15th,18th, 20th, 22nd, 25th & 27th October 2016

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area:- 01st ,02rd, 08th, 09th, 29th & 25th October 2016

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 01st, 02nd, 08th, 09th, 15th, 16th, 29th & 30th October 2016


Note: The Combined Arms Manoeuvre Demonstration will run over the period of Mon 10th – Thurs 22nd October so there will be an increase in noise levels within Area 13 and around Knighton Down Arena north of Larkhill Garrison.


Note:   All Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.



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 2016 are as follows:


Event                                                  Open                                              Closed


Remembrance Sunday

(Imber church only)               09.00hrs Sun 13 Nov 16                     13.00hrs Sun 13 Nov 16

Christmas / New Year                        18.00hrs Fri 16 Dec 16                       08.00hrs Mon 03 Jan 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.




If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or 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



Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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Monday 26th September in the Methodist Chapel 7pm - 9pm

This is a free session to find out more about the new defibrillator installed on the outside wall of the Methodist Chapel.

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Report on Hills Recycling

at Steeple Ashton WI meeting on Weds 13th July 2016

- part of Hills Group family business established in 1900

- now have over 400 employees, with a turnover of £85million

- Won contract from Wiltshire two years ago, for 25 years (had to be this long in order to build the MBT plant and make it profitable.

- Two parts to the company that are relevant to us:

Hills Waste Solutions (Recycling Team Manager – Henry Newbery)

Hills Northacre Resource Recovery Centre (Westbury)– Wiltshire’s first MBT (mechanical and biological treatment) plant. This plant converts over 60,000 tons of household waste per year to ‘refuse derived fuel’ (RDF). Currently they sell the whole lot to Germany.

P/year – 240k tonnes of household waste

- including 37k tonne from green bins

            - 14k from plastic bottles

Out of 240k tonnes – only 20k tonnes went to landfill. They are working on a 0% return to landfill.

Blue Bin – plastic bottles (inc. tops); cardboard; xmas paper, brown paper.

BUT NOT any bagged goods; yoghurt pots or meat / strawberry packaging etc. They are working on the technology to be able to include these items, but not there yet.

WI will be organising a visit to the MBT site to see how it all works first hand in September time.

Food waste: this was brought up by a member of the WI. Currently Hills Waste Management do not have a contract for food waste. They blamed it on Wiltshire Council, and suggest we take it up with them. (too many collections needed / different technology needed)

Repair Academy – they have got an academy up and running for ‘repair and upcycling discarded items, especially white goods. Currently have 12 people at their academy.

* Next open WI meeting – 12th October – St. Johns Ambulance.

Black box

  • Clean food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Empty aerosols
  • Clean foil and foil trays
  • Metal biscuit tins
  • Paper
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Directories and Catalogues
  • Envelopes (no need to remove windows)
  • Clean glass bottles
  • Clean glass jars (leave the lids on)
  • Clothes
  • Pairs of shoes, belts, handbags
  • Curtains and sheets
  • Blankets and duvet covers

Do not put in black box….

  • Dirty cans or tins, please rinse all recyclables first
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • Batteries
  • Plastics
  • Scrap metals
  • Books
  • Cardboard (this goes in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Shredded paper (this goes in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Gift wrap (you can put non-foil gift wrap in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Flat Glass
  • Pyrex
  • Broken glass
  • Lightbulbs
  • Duvets
  • Pillows




Blue Top bin

Plastic bottles of any colour, including:

  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • Laundry liquid and fabric conditioner bottles
  • Cooking oil bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Juice or squash bottles
  • Milk and yoghurt drink bottles
  • Handwash bottles
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles

Cardboard of any colour including:

  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Ready meal sleeves
  • Food packaging boxes and sleeves
  • Brown paper
  • Greetings cards
  • Wrapping paper (but not the foil kind)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shredded paper
  • Toilet and kitchen rolls
  • Corrugated cardboard

Do not put in blue bin…

  • All other plastics
  • Cling film
  • Carrier bags and bin liners
  • Crisp packets
  • Disposable drinks cups
  • Food trays
  • Plastic tubs
  • Yoghurt Pots
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plant pots
  • Boxes with plastic windows, please remove the window first
  • Foil-lined cardboard tubes (eg Pringles tubes)
  • Paper
  • Tetra Paks
  • Food and drink cartons
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Exercise Griffin Strike, a joint military exercise involving British and French forces will be held between the 11th and 22nd of April.

Keevil airfield will form part of this exercise and will be used by AH64 Apache and CH47 Chinook helicopters during this period. These aircraft will be supporting ground troops on Salisbury plain and will be flying by both day and night. Other exercise aircraft transiting across Keevil airfield will do so no lower than 500 feet above ground level.

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at

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Have your say on development proposals for land off Ashton Road, Trowbridge.

First Consultation Event March 2016

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Your Bus Matters

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News – Melksham Our Community Matters

Bringing you all the latest news and updates from Melksham Area Board


Wiltshire 2016 community activity challenge
Wiltshire 2016 community activity challenge Calling all Melksham residents, clubs, groups, schools and organisations to get involved in the ‘Road to Rio’ activity challenge. In the build up to the Rio Olympic Games we are encouraging the people of Melksham to take part in this free, fun activity…and once you register you’ll get a free pedometer too. From 4 June read more... (

Grant deadlines for Melksham Area Board
Grant deadlines for Melksham Area Board The Melksham Area Board is able to provide support funding for facilities, equipment and projects that are important to the local community. These awards can really make a big difference in helping communities get schemes and projects started. To discuss the community area grants please contact Melksham Community Engagement Manager Rhys Schell on 01225 716752 read more... (

Support to make your 2016 as healthy as possible
Support to make your 2016 as healthy as possible For anyone looking to make improvements to their health in 2016, Wiltshire Council’s dedicated health trainers are ready to support them every step of the way. The team is available to support people to achieve and maintain their health and wellbeing goals and help them find other services and activities to support them. The free read more... (

FREE shuttle service and 3 youth clubs each week at Canberra
FREE shuttle service and 3 youth clubs each week at Canberra Young Melksham is providing a free shuttle service on a Thursday youth club night, starting on Thursday 21 January 2016, plus 3 youth clubs each week at Canberra to all young people in Melksham and the surrounding area. Getting to activities can be a bit frustrating if you can’t get there because of where you read more... (

Community able to post on Our Community Matters
We’re pleased to confirm members of the community are now able to post news and events on ‘Our Community Matters’ again. If you have any problems please get in touch via the contact forms.

Change of date for Melksham Area Board
Change of date for Melksham Area Board The Melksham Area Board will now take place on Wednesday 24 February 2016, at the Melksham United Church, High Street, Melksham, SN12 6JU. Refreshments are available from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The agenda will be available 5 days before the meeting by clicking here. The meeting will predominately focus on the Melksham Community Campus, which read more... (

Wiltshire to celebrate National Libraries Day 6 February 2016
Wiltshire to celebrate National Libraries Day 6 February 2016 Harry Potter events, local history talks, opportunities to trace family history online and a chance for people to share what they love about their library are some of the activities planned as part of celebrations for National Libraries Day on 6 February. During the week leading up to the day, Wiltshire Council libraries will be read more... (

People encouraged to take up free online HIV tests
People encouraged to take up free online HIV tests People can now order free online home sampling kits to test for HIV in Wiltshire in a drive to encourage more people from at risk groups to test and understand if they have contracted the virus sooner. Although Wiltshire has low rates of HIV compared to the England average, people are being encouraged to ensure read more... (

Wraparound and holiday childcare
Wraparound and holiday childcare The Government is proposing that parents should have the ‘right to request’ that their child’s school should consider establishing wraparound and/or holiday childcare, and that childcare providers should have the ‘right to request’ the use of school facilities for such childcare at times when the school is not using them. The Government has compiled draft read more... (

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Warming up Wiltshire!

Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter?

Contact Warm & Safe Wiltshire for free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, using your heating system, understanding your energy bills and making energy saving improvements. Advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone. Home fire safety checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents. Homeowners or privately-renting tenants in Wiltshire with a suitable property can now have cavity wall insulation installed in your home, free of charge – helping to make your home warmer and cheaper to heat1.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from speaking to a trained energy advisor, then get in touch.

Call 0300 003 4575 email


1All offers are subject to survey, funding availability and property suitability.

Parish Council Precept

The Precept is the money required for running the Parish Council and is collected by Wiltshire Council who add it to your annual Council Tax bill. After several years of the Precept paid by each property in the parish staying the same, your 2016-17 Precept will see an increase of £2.27 per year, for the average Band ‘D’ property. Due to their financial situation, Wiltshire Council are concentrating on their statutory duties, so the only way some non-statutory functions to get done will be by Town and Parish Councils paying for them. For example, if the pavements need sweeping, it is unlikely that Wiltshire Council will fund this.

Bus Service Consultation

People are being invited to have their say on a review of subsidised bus services in Wiltshire. The review is being carried out as part of wider plans to help Wiltshire Council save millions of pounds over the next three years. Half of the bus mileage in the county is subsidised with £5.1 million per year from Wiltshire Council as it is not commercially viable otherwise. The rest of the services in Wiltshire are operated on a commercial basis by various operators.

Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for transport said: “We are committed to minimising any impact changes might have, especially on vulnerable people including those who are elderly, disabled and young. We really do want to hear from people who could be affected by any changes to the current services, and we will be doing everything we can to act on those comments.”

The consultation can be found at, paper copies can be picked up in council offices, libraries, on buses operating contracted services, or people can call 0300 456 0100 to have one posted to them. It runs from 11 January to 4 April. The review will also consider how community transport might be able to assist with public transport, and will be accompanied by continuing work to identify savings in other areas of the council’s passenger transport spending. Once the consultation ends, a report will go to Wiltshire Council’s cabinet members to make a decision.

The Parish Council has also been asked to publicise an alternative Bus Franchising proposal which will avoid the service cuts which might follow from the Wiltshire Council consultation options. To understand this further please visit


Planning applications are considered at Parish Council Meetings and Planning Issues Only Parish Council Meetings. There is an Open Forum for members of the public to comment on planning matters prior to their consideration.

New Plans:

16/00286/TCA - Old Estate House 50 High Street Steeple Ashton Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 6EU - Fell Eucalyptus Tree. (Comments until 08/02/16).

Parish Council Meetings

Monday 15th February: Planning Issues Only Meeting

Monday 7th March: Main Parish Council Meeting

Monday 4th April: Planning Issues Only Meeting

Meetings are held in the Skittle Alley of the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

Planning Issues Meetings are held only if required.

Parish Council Office (2 St. Mary's School, High St.)

This is open to the public three times a week (Monday and Tuesday 2.30pm - 3.30pm; Wednesday 10am – 11am) or by appointment. The telephone number is 01380 871461.

Lynda Beaven, Clerk to the Parish Council. Tel:01380 871461 email:


For information the non-emergency POLICE CONTACT NUMBER is 101


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