Chance to have a say as thousands of Army families move to Wiltshire

Coun Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council

Coun Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council

First published in News

A special meeting to give communities an opportunity to hear the latest proposals on relocating Army families to the Salisbury Plain area is being held later this month.

As part of the Army’s Basing Programme, an additional 4,300 military personnel and their families - there are about 3,300 dependants - will move to Wiltshire by 2019.

The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) estate management organisation – Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), has put together a Masterplan which details proposals for delivering the additional infrastructure required.

The DIO has worked with Wiltshire Council and partners to ensure the right level of facilities and services, including healthcare and education provision, are in place in time for the relocation of service personnel and their families.

On May 28 there will be a special meeting, hosted by Tidworth Area Board, at the Tidworth Garrison Theatre, where the DIO will present the plans and answer questions, alongside representatives from the Army and Wiltshire Council.

Coun Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “This meeting is the latest step in ensuring our communities are kept fully informed about developments so we are ready for the changes ahead.

“Our partnership working with the DIO and Army has been key in all of this work and we will continue to engage with communities to ensure that we have the services in place for the whole community so that Army families feel welcome and we maximise on the economic opportunities that the rebasing brings.”

The meeting will start at 7pm and will include a presentation on the Masterplan including the changes resulting from the public consultation which was held between February 19 and April 1.

People can view the Masterplan document at www.gov.uk/dio and at Salisbury, Tidworth, Ludgershall, Amesbury and Durrington libraries from May 20 until June 17 2014.

The Masterplan details proposals for delivering the additional infrastructure required by the Army in the Salisbury Plain area which will include: Up to 1,300 new homes for service families; New accommodation blocks for single soldiers; Construction and conversion of other buildings, such as garages, armouries, offices and mess facilities; and Future plans on the training estate.

All intended developments will be subject to the normal planning application process and environmental assessments.

These will be submitted once the proposals have been finalised and all internal MOD approvals have been given.

After reviewing more than 300 comments received during the public consultation period, DIO has updated the Masterplan to take account of this feedback.

A Statement of Community Involvement outlines all comments received during the consultation and demonstrates how they have been considered in drawing up the document. This will be published alongside the Masterplan.

The Masterplan and Statement of Community Involvement are available from May 20 at www.gov.uk/dio and www.army.mod.uk/basing  

DIO will submit the final Masterplan to Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Planning Committee in July 2014.

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7:10pm Mon 19 May 14

liquidsmoke says...

And where will the money come from for these new arrivals, for their education, healthcare etc? I guess it will be from the already overstretched county council budget, so that'll mean even less money for those who already live here. Unless the government is planning on injecting additional cash to cover the necessary increases?
And where will the money come from for these new arrivals, for their education, healthcare etc? I guess it will be from the already overstretched county council budget, so that'll mean even less money for those who already live here. Unless the government is planning on injecting additional cash to cover the necessary increases? liquidsmoke
  • Score: -17

7:33pm Mon 19 May 14

Blanche Terraine says...

Don't be such a Jeremiah. Read the article afresh. There is a Masterplan. Everything will be alright. Relax. Trust the Masterplan.
Don't be such a Jeremiah. Read the article afresh. There is a Masterplan. Everything will be alright. Relax. Trust the Masterplan. Blanche Terraine
  • Score: 8

8:24pm Mon 19 May 14

vox sanitatem says...

liquidsmoke wrote:
And where will the money come from for these new arrivals, for their education, healthcare etc? I guess it will be from the already overstretched county council budget, so that'll mean even less money for those who already live here. Unless the government is planning on injecting additional cash to cover the necessary increases?
The money will come from the same place it does for migrants who come to this country, get free health care and housing wiithout having paid a penny into our system.

At least these people are the dependants of those who are serving in our forces, I would say that entitles them!
[quote][p][bold]liquidsmoke[/bold] wrote: And where will the money come from for these new arrivals, for their education, healthcare etc? I guess it will be from the already overstretched county council budget, so that'll mean even less money for those who already live here. Unless the government is planning on injecting additional cash to cover the necessary increases?[/p][/quote]The money will come from the same place it does for migrants who come to this country, get free health care and housing wiithout having paid a penny into our system. At least these people are the dependants of those who are serving in our forces, I would say that entitles them! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 23

8:32pm Mon 19 May 14

Room101 says...

Does it really matter as Coun Jane Scott and her cronies will do what they want as usual.
Does it really matter as Coun Jane Scott and her cronies will do what they want as usual. Room101
  • Score: 6

7:31am Tue 20 May 14

lokalgirl says...

liquidsmoke wrote:
And where will the money come from for these new arrivals, for their education, healthcare etc? I guess it will be from the already overstretched county council budget, so that'll mean even less money for those who already live here. Unless the government is planning on injecting additional cash to cover the necessary increases?
I don't think there is anything to complain about here. It is traditional that we have Army bases in Wiltshire, and it is also something we should be proud of.
[quote][p][bold]liquidsmoke[/bold] wrote: And where will the money come from for these new arrivals, for their education, healthcare etc? I guess it will be from the already overstretched county council budget, so that'll mean even less money for those who already live here. Unless the government is planning on injecting additional cash to cover the necessary increases?[/p][/quote]I don't think there is anything to complain about here. It is traditional that we have Army bases in Wiltshire, and it is also something we should be proud of. lokalgirl
  • Score: 26

10:59am Tue 20 May 14

Garden1 says...

I agree with lokalgirl. But also, and perhaps more importantly, when did the abbreviation Cllr change to Coun ?
Nobody told me and I heaven knows I'm miserable now.
I agree with lokalgirl. But also, and perhaps more importantly, when did the abbreviation Cllr change to Coun ? Nobody told me and I heaven knows I'm miserable now. Garden1
  • Score: 4

4:30pm Tue 20 May 14

brasstacks says...

Our Army boys and girls coming back home and their families deserve every support that we can give them

If Mr Cameron really cared, he would provide a relocation package set down in Parliamentary Law that allows no local council to choose how much to allocate or where..

Wilts Council are busy allowing themselves and local Housing Associations the privilages of "no questions asked" Planning consents to build new Homes that very few people in Wiltshire can afford to buy..

Armed Forces Housing has been sold off "on the quiet" by successive Government and they have made millions and millions of pounds profits.....

Those profits would have gone a long way to providing relocation Homes for Forces Staff coming home from Iraq and other far flung Bases

No one seems to know what the Government did with the sale of Army Bases but for sure, it did not go back into the Community pot and most likely went on MP's expenses and far fetched Westminster 'think tanks" ?

It is appalling that Forces Staff injured in Iraq and Afganistan have to be insulted by Mr Cameron's DWP "team" who turn them down for Disability Benefits yet MP's get 2nd Homes and allowances from the same Public purse

I hope and Pray that Jane Scott and her Cons-Cab are not allowed to meddle and mess up the relocation provision for our boys and girls who really know the meaning of working for their Queen and Country ?

Ms Scott's intentions to help our Forces boys, girls and their families is already turning into an Electioneering Campaign to gain brownie points for her Cons-Cab even before they get back home..

Help them all Ms Scott because that is what you are paid for but, do it for their good and not your own Political gain ?
Our Army boys and girls coming back home and their families deserve every support that we can give them If Mr Cameron really cared, he would provide a relocation package set down in Parliamentary Law that allows no local council to choose how much to allocate or where.. Wilts Council are busy allowing themselves and local Housing Associations the privilages of "no questions asked" Planning consents to build new Homes that very few people in Wiltshire can afford to buy.. Armed Forces Housing has been sold off "on the quiet" by successive Government and they have made millions and millions of pounds profits..... Those profits would have gone a long way to providing relocation Homes for Forces Staff coming home from Iraq and other far flung Bases No one seems to know what the Government did with the sale of Army Bases but for sure, it did not go back into the Community pot and most likely went on MP's expenses and far fetched Westminster 'think tanks" ? It is appalling that Forces Staff injured in Iraq and Afganistan have to be insulted by Mr Cameron's DWP "team" who turn them down for Disability Benefits yet MP's get 2nd Homes and allowances from the same Public purse I hope and Pray that Jane Scott and her Cons-Cab are not allowed to meddle and mess up the relocation provision for our boys and girls who really know the meaning of working for their Queen and Country ? Ms Scott's intentions to help our Forces boys, girls and their families is already turning into an Electioneering Campaign to gain brownie points for her Cons-Cab even before they get back home.. Help them all Ms Scott because that is what you are paid for but, do it for their good and not your own Political gain ? brasstacks
  • Score: 12

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