Getting ready for influx of soldiers

Salisbury Journal: Brigadier Piers Hankinson Brigadier Piers Hankinson

A SEMINAR was held at the new Tidworth Garrison Theatre on Monday to discuss the forthcoming changes to the military community in Wiltshire and the impact the influx of 4,000 soldiers and their families will have on the county.

Chaired by former Lord Lieutenant John Bush and with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott and military commander Brigadier Piers Hankinson taking the lead, some 300 delegates from all over Wiltshire discussed the impact on the economy and communities and how it will be managed.

The garrisons of Tidworth, Bulford and Larkhill will take the soldiers and, by 2018, Wiltshire will be home to 28 per cent of the British Army.

Brig Hankinson stressed that the enlarged military community will attract some £500m in discretionary spending per annum in the county.

There is an MoD budget of £810m to build new married quarters and administrative buildings, but there is no money allocated for community services such as health and education.

The decision on what type of housing, MoDowned or leased from the private sector, and where they will be sited has yet to be announced.

Cllr Scott said “putting military families at the heart of the community” was the focus of the council but admitted it will have to lobby the Department of Health and Department of Education hard for additional funds to make sure that the infrastructure will be in place on time.

“The scale of the changes are enormous and may be daunting but we want to be open in what we are doing,” she said.

Alistair Cunningham, tassociate director of Wiltshire Council, introduced a wide range of speakers from across the business community in the county.

He praised the military for its input into the proposed Technical College in Salisbury and said that service leavers offered the business community a highly trained, skilled and motivated workforce.

Other speakers included Mat Roberts from Landmarc, which is based in Tilshead and manages Salisbury Plain on behalf of the MoD as well as operating a business hub in Netheravon for rural businesses.

Summing up, Mr Bush said there will be stresses on public services, but there will also be huge benefits to the community.

l AN exhibition about where the services personnel are going to live is being held at the libraries in Amesbury and Durrington.

The displays outline the Ministry of Defence’s ideas about where the troops will live in the Salisbury Plain Training Area before the consultation on formal plans takes place early next year.

The exhibition was unveiled at Wellington Academy, in Tidworth, last Wednesday and remain at the two libraries until tomorrow.

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10:43am Fri 6 Dec 13

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Good to hear that 10,000 more people are coming to the and are being welcomed by Wiltshire council
Bad to hear that the NHS education roads and council will not receive any money at all to provide for those 10,000 people!!
Good to hear that 10,000 more people are coming to the and are being welcomed by Wiltshire council Bad to hear that the NHS education roads and council will not receive any money at all to provide for those 10,000 people!! Old Salisbury Boy

7:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

macogan says...

Wont these soldiers be paying council tax? so surely there wont be any need for funding to be allocated for healthcare or schools...
Wont these soldiers be paying council tax? so surely there wont be any need for funding to be allocated for healthcare or schools... macogan

10:09pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Colmanskid says...

Service Personnel receive there basic healthcare using MoD Medical Centres. Some do provide a service to dependants. As for education there is the pupil premium which if registered with the school all children of service personnel qualify for due to the nomadic nature of service life.
In answer to Macogan yes service personnel pay a form of council tax deducted at source from their monthly pay which is based on the national average for the size and grade of accommodation they are renting.
Service Personnel receive there basic healthcare using MoD Medical Centres. Some do provide a service to dependants. As for education there is the pupil premium which if registered with the school all children of service personnel qualify for due to the nomadic nature of service life. In answer to Macogan yes service personnel pay a form of council tax deducted at source from their monthly pay which is based on the national average for the size and grade of accommodation they are renting. Colmanskid

10:13am Sun 8 Dec 13

OLDMILL says...

This is great news for the county of Wiltshire but stinks of poor planning on behalf of the MOD and British government. If they can logistically plan for these soldiers to go fight in war zones it must be so simple to plan for a life for them and their families in a peaceful environment. Wake up MOD!
This is great news for the county of Wiltshire but stinks of poor planning on behalf of the MOD and British government. If they can logistically plan for these soldiers to go fight in war zones it must be so simple to plan for a life for them and their families in a peaceful environment. Wake up MOD! OLDMILL

4:37pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Colmanskid says...

OLDMILL wrote:
This is great news for the county of Wiltshire but stinks of poor planning on behalf of the MOD and British government. If they can logistically plan for these soldiers to go fight in war zones it must be so simple to plan for a life for them and their families in a peaceful environment. Wake up MOD!
Oldmill,
Not sure why you think it is simple to move 20,000 service personnel, their dependants plus all the equipment back from Germany to the UK.
I agree it's great news for Wiltshire and the civilian staff who support our armed forces as it may mean that extra staff will be required to increase this support due to the extra personnel.
[quote][p][bold]OLDMILL[/bold] wrote: This is great news for the county of Wiltshire but stinks of poor planning on behalf of the MOD and British government. If they can logistically plan for these soldiers to go fight in war zones it must be so simple to plan for a life for them and their families in a peaceful environment. Wake up MOD![/p][/quote]Oldmill, Not sure why you think it is simple to move 20,000 service personnel, their dependants plus all the equipment back from Germany to the UK. I agree it's great news for Wiltshire and the civilian staff who support our armed forces as it may mean that extra staff will be required to increase this support due to the extra personnel. Colmanskid

2:31am Thu 12 Dec 13

IanMcL says...

It is very poor planning by the Government. The impact on schooling and housing is already being felt. Housing planned for normal needs in the core strategy, is being snapped up by the MOD. This creates many difficulties for Military families who are placed remote from their service infrastructure.

MOD and Government should fund the housing and schooling required to meet the need created by their policy.

Be fair to everyone.
It is very poor planning by the Government. The impact on schooling and housing is already being felt. Housing planned for normal needs in the core strategy, is being snapped up by the MOD. This creates many difficulties for Military families who are placed remote from their service infrastructure. MOD and Government should fund the housing and schooling required to meet the need created by their policy. Be fair to everyone. IanMcL

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