Salisbury Plain Training Area
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November 2015 Newsletter
November 2015 Newsletter
Following a very busy October the month of November will see an increased level of activity across the whole of Salisbury Plain. During the first three weeks of the month two Challenger 2 squadrons from the Kings Royal Hussars, four CVRT squadrons from the Household Cavalry Regiment and Royal Lancers, four Warrior companies from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, three armoured engineer squadrons from 21 and 33 Engineer Regiments, two Mastiff equipped companies from the Scots Guards, and the Commando Viking armoured manouvre group with conduct low level armoured manoeuvre training. In the thrid week of November they will be joined by the final course exercise from the Defence Logistics School Ex TIMBER TRUSS. Starting on 21 November to 7 December the Field Training Unit will run a Army Weapons Effect Simulation Exercise WESSEX STORM for 4th Battalion The Rifles in the mechanised infantry role which will use extensive areas across the Plain. This exercise will involve the use of Mastiff and Jackal wheeled armoured vehicles and will be supported by armoured, armoured cavalry, armoured infantry, and armoured engineer sub-units. They will be joined by a foreign force infantry company making this the largest exercise on Salisbury Plain this year. 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.
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 .
Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8: Nil
Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) NIL
Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 03rd,05th,07th,10th,12th,17th,19th,24th and 26th November 2015
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil
Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 01st,14th,15th,21st,22nd,28th and 29th November 2015
Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 01st,07th,08th,14th,15th,28th and 29th November 2015
Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.
General.The MoD takes all complaints very seriously and do much to mitigate where possible. Most complaintsfrom members of the public from around Salisbury Plain Training Areaareconcerning impulse noisegeneratedfrom the detonation of the 155mm High Explosiveshell,and gun noise from the AS90 artillery weapon system.
Noise Limits.All ranges have been directed to ensure that no impulse noise greater than 130dB is heard outside the range boundary in populated areas or on main routes.
Noise Prediction.Gunfire noise is predicted using the Gunfire Noise Analysis Tool (GNAT) and traces from the Met Office Noise Evaluation Tool (MONET) at Larkhill Met Office.
Noise Measurement. Range Operations monitors noise from both the guns and theimpactarea using fixed microphones linked to the Gunfire Noise Assessment Tool (GNAT) computer in Westdown Camp and staff may deploy with hand-held noise monitors.
Countering Excessive Noise.In the event that the 130dB limit could be exceeded, Range Operationshave a number of control measures that can be activated to ensure the requirement is adhered to; including stopping firing.
Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
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 2015/2016 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
Remembrance Sunday 1800hrs Fri 06 Nov 0800hrs Mon 9 Nov
Christmas 1800hrs Fri 11 Dec 0800hrs Mon 4 Jan 16
Easter 1800hrs Thur 24 Mar 16 0800hrs Tue 29 Mar 16
Summer 1800hrs Fri 14 Aug 16 0800hrs Mon 5 Sep 16
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.
Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain