Army Basing Newsletter – May 2017

Army Basing Newsletter – May 2017

This publication aims to regularly update you on the Army Basing Programme (ABP) announced in 2013 stating some 4,000 additional Service personnel plus their families would relocate to Salisbury Plain by 2020.

Behind the wire construction: Over the next four years new and enhanced garrison facilities will be completed by Aspire Defence, at Bulford, Tidworth, Perham Down and Larkhill. By 2020, around 130 new buildings and over 2,600 additional bed spaces for single soldiers will be created. Preliminary work on site started in late 2016 and the construction programme is now well underway. Key ‘eat and sleep’ assets will be completed by summer 2019.

Advanced Larkhill travel notice: Work will commence shortly at The Packway, Larkhill in preparation for construction of the new Service Families Accommodation. This will include improvements to junctions, additional pedestrian crossing points, new cycle paths and a new roundabout.

Some of the work is already underway and the following are due to start as below:

April to May: Provide temporary rights of way diversions, as parts of footpath DUR 15 and byways DUR 29 and 31 will be temporarily closed during the construction period

Early May to late July: Works immediately adjacent to The Packway to establish a new utilities corridor – this will not disrupt traffic but a continuous pedestrian barrier will be erected with signage

May – September: Wessex Water will construct a new sewer – westwards from Ratfyn and westwards from A345 Stonehenge Inn roundabout. Temporary traffic lights will be in place

Early July – late August: Full Eastbound road closure, with fully signed diversion at The Packway between Wood Road Junction and the Stonehenge Inn Roundabout.

Late August – Late September: Full closure of The Packway between Stonehenge Inn Roundabout and Wood Road Junction

October – December: Ongoing traffic light-controlled, two way traffic

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Job Fair at Tidworth Garrison Theatre: Hundreds of military personnel, military families and veterans from across the south west attended the Job Fair on 15 March. The annual event is aimed at providing jobs for those about to leave the Services as well as their families and veterans. Those unable to attend can still access advice and support about a range of employment programmes including The Enterprise Network, Higher Futures and the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub. A broader “Life Skills Fair” is to be held on 24 May 2017 aimed at all those in Service to start to plan for their transition significantly prior to their leaving.

Armed Forces Covenant re-signing: Senior military and civilian leaders from across Wiltshire have pledged their commitment to working together to support the Armed Forces communities at the signing of the Wiltshire Armed Forces Covenant on 9 March. MOD Lyneham was the setting for the reaffirmation of the Covenant, first signed in 2011, which commits Wiltshire Council, businesses and public and voluntary sector organisations to work with the military, bringing their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide help and advice to members of the Armed Forces community. It also encourages the Armed Forces to support their community and promote activity which encourages integration with civilian life. See more at:

Wiltshire’s 2017 Big Pledge London Calling challenge is now open for entries – see:

Future Activity

Mid 2017: The SFA construction programme is expected to commence

• Summer 2018: St Michael’s Primary school build is due to complete enabling transfer from Figheldean

• By August 2019: Additional school capacity required by the Army Basing Programme will be completed

• Summer 2019: Majority of Service personnel are due to move to Salisbury Plain.

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