Bourley Road Update
I met with a representative of the MoD today to discuss on site the various concerns that we have locally about the fencing in of the training grounds to the north of Bourley Road. We spent in excess of three hours walking the area and looking at access points.
These are the main points to report:
The default position is that the access gates will be left open and unlocked. They will only be closed off and public access barred when the military units which have booked the training land choose to close the site off. There will be 'flip over' warning signs at each gate to indicate when the area is closed.
Unfortunately, due to the short notice with which some military training bookings are made and because of security considerations, it will not be possible to give advance notice of when the access gates will be closed or not.
There are no plans to enclose any further areas of army land in the locality. By concentrating training on the Bourley Road area then other areas should see far less military use in future; eg. Velmead Common and Caesar's Camp.
When the land is open, public access is allowed throughout, including on the high-speed test track, subject to the existing by-laws. The by-laws are in the process of being redrafted. They should not be any more restrictive than the 'intent' of the current regulations.
The fence is identical in design to that used around other military training areas to the east of Aldershot. Such fencing has been in place for quite sometime and has not caused issues for deer. Since the reports of an injured deer the rangers went out looking for the distressed animal, but it was never found. If anyone knows someone who saw the animal in distress, please can you have them contact me, thank you.
also seen the extent of the road works on Bourley Road itself. It went way
beyond anything I was expecting. A large section of carriageway has been
excavated out and is being built back up with huge ballast blocks. It is the
biggest bit of road engineering I've seen in this area. The road should be much
safer and be of a standard that it can be adopted by Hampshire County Council in
the near future.