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Military Civilian Integration Partnership (Incorporating Wiltshire's Community Covenant Partnership)

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The Big Picture

The significant military presence in Wiltshire is changing again. A series of government announcements on Transforming the British Army (known as Army 2020), the Army Basing Plan – with troops returning from Germany – and new Defence College of Technical Training at MoD Lyneham, combined with other military related developments, will have far reaching implications for local communities in the foreseeable future.

Why do we need a Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership?

Wiltshire Council working with 43 (Wessex) Brigade and partners need to assess what these military changes mean for communities in terms of infrastructure, impact on the economy and delivery of services. Therefore, the Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership will continue to shape and positively influence these changes, where possible, for the benefit of the civilian and military communities.

The work of the MCI Partnership is based upon what is known as the Army’s Firm Base policy and the Wiltshire Council Business Plan 2014-2017. Also, the partnership acts as the Wiltshire Community Covenant Partnership for the purposes of the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

What is the aim of the partnership?

The aim of the MCI Partnership, through integration, is to optimise the economic and social benefits of the military presence in the county. In turn, such integration will benefit Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, and local communities.

The partnership has 7 main objectives:

  • To identify and respond to the changing military ‘footprint’ in Wiltshire
  • To maximise the economic contribution of the military to the county
  • To enable the realignment of service provision by the Council and its partners to meet the changing needs of the military, their families (known as dependants) and veterans
  • To capitalise on opportunities for regeneration and building sustainable communities in line with the Army Basing Plan
  • To ensure the county continues to remain an attractive location for our Armed Forces and long-term investment by the MoD
  • To encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces through the Wiltshire Community Covenant
  • To assist Service leavers, and redundees in particular, in career transition and into employment in the area, helping soldiers back into society

What’s happening and when?

Currently, there are 9 ‘work streams’ in the MCI Partnership:

Army Rebasing (Salisbury Plain Super Garrison)

The MOD's announcement on Army 2020 and the Army Basing Plan, outlined the number of troops returning from Germany and around £800m investment by MoD over the next four years. 20th Armoured Brigade with over 4,000 troops will relocate from Germany to the Salisbury Plain area in 2018-19. It is anticipated that other government departments will also be investing in infrastructure in the Salisbury Plain area. Details of specific unit relocations and timescales are contained within a briefing note prepared by Wiltshire Council for local town and parish councils affected:

The MOD has recently consulted its initial development plans. Further details are outlined below. This was preceded by local stakeholder briefings in November 2013 and January 2014 at the Wellington Academy. In addition exhibitions providing information on the Army's plans to relocate personnel to the Salisbury Plain Training Area were on display in Tidworth, Amesbury and Durrington with an opportunity for local communities to find out more about the Army’s Basing Plans and offering local people the opportunity to give feedback on initial plans. Wiltshire council is working closely with the MOD's estate management organisation, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), and agencies from across the country to make sure key facilities and infrastructure will be in place for both the local community and the military personnel and their families.

As part of the engagement process monthly newsletters are issued to Parish Councils within the Amesbury, Pewsey, Tidworth and Warminster Area Boards.

Army Basing Masterplan update

In February 2014 the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) launched a six-week consultation on the draft Salisbury Plain Masterplan which sets out proposed developments to accommodate the extra personnel and their families. The consultation closed on 1 April 2014. DIO has analysed the feedback and produced a final Masterplan which is set to go before Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) in July 2014. People are able to view the Masterplan at Durrington, Tidworth, Amesbury, Ludgershall and Salisbury libraries. A public meeting was held on 28 May 2014, which saw around 90 people attend to discuss the Masterplan and the next steps.

Following the presentation of the Masterplan to the SPC, a series of planning applications for development at the various Army bases will be submitted by the DIO. The first is anticipated in September 2014.

Throughout the recent consultation exercise, DIO provided displays of its proposals at libraries in Durrington, Tidworth, Amesbury and Salisbury. Targeted stakeholder briefings were held with the statutory authorities (English Heritage, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Highways Authority) as well as education and health providers.

In addition, a public meeting hosted by Tidworth Area Board on Monday (3 March 2014) was held at the Wellington Academy and saw more than 200 people from the Tidworth, Salisbury, Amesbury, Pewsey and Warminster community areas, who attended to find out more about the consultation and proposals.

Defence College of Technical Training

The new Defence College of Technical Training at MoD Lyneham will open in early 2016 with around 2,000 students and staff. Planning permission was granted in October 2013. The construction contract for the first stage of work, worth around £121m, was awarded to Hercules, a joint venture of Kier and Balfour Beatty in December 2013. The ‘end state’ will see around 5,500 students and staff on site by 2019.

The Lyneham Steering Group brings together community related groups affected by the transition to Defence Technical Training to provide a ‘voice’ for their particular concerns and resolve issues, where possible.

Armed Forces Covenant/Military Civilian Community Integration

PDFWiltshire's Armed Forces Community Covenant Wiltshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant 11mb was launched in August 2011. The aim of the Community Covenant, including the grant scheme, is to encourage local communities to support the Service community and nurture understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. For more information on the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, including the deadlines set by MoD, see the grant scheme section at the end of these work streams.

Also PDFWiltshire's Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan Wiltshire's Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan 367kb was adopted in 2011. The charter confirms support from the broader community and the wide range of organisations delivering services across all sectors to Service veterans and their families. The charter is evidenced by actions which are set out in a plan describing what organisations are doing in partnership to meet the needs of Service veterans in the area.

Employment and Enterprise

The main purpose of this work is to support the employment and enterprise aspirations of Service leavers and their dependants. Also, it offers support and guidance to those thinking of starting a business.

This work stream links into the Wiltshire Business Support Service and The Enterprise Network and works in collaboration with MoD’s Careers Transition Partnership Four new enterprise centres (Castledown, Ludgershall; Old Fire Station, Salisbury; Manor House, Royal Wootton Bassett; and White Horse, Trowbridge) have been opened across the county.

City Deal 2

City Deal is a Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) initiative – currently being negotiated with government departments – to unlock the economic potential of the military presence and use the skills of Service leavers to support business growth. SWLEP and the MCI are working in collaboration to achieve these outcomes.

Porton Science Park

The aim of this work is to develop the infrastructure for the Porton Science Park including a new incubation centre. Tetricus, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and Public Health England - Porton (formerly the Health Protection Agency) are involved in the new science park development which was awarded £10m through the Regional Growth Fund

University Technical College

The University Technical College (UTC) partnership will establish a new college, specialising in Science and Engineering for around 600 14-18 year olds, in Salisbury. The distinctive characteristic of UTCs is their close links with employers, including 43 (Wessex) Brigade, and universities. The college will open with an initial cohort of 14-16 year olds in September 2015 and is estimated to be worth £40m over the next decade.

Troops to Teachers

The Troops to Teachers programme is a government backed scheme to recruit the very best ex-Armed Forces personnel as teachers. Bath Spa University is part of a consortium of six universities working with a range of outstanding primary and secondary schools to support the development and delivery of the programme. The consortium will enable ex-Armed Forces personnel to train to teach by accessing newly created initial teacher training routes.

Research

The evidence base for the partnership comes from 3 earlier research projects:

Our latest research report, Veteran population in Wiltshire, will be published shortly.

Community Covenant Grant Scheme

The Community Covenant Grant Scheme is intended to provide financial support to projects at the local level, which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live. This scheme is administered on a regional basis through a number of panels (3 per year), chaired on a rotating basis by the Royal Navy, Army and RAF.

More information about the criteria and an application form is available at the MoD website. Deadlines for the grant scheme are set by the MoD. All applications, however, must be endorsed by the local Community Covenant Partnership (in Wiltshire this is the MCI Partnership). Therefore, all completed applications should be sent to VCS@wiltshire.gov.uk

Deadline dates for applications for future rounds are shown below:

  • 22 August 2014
  • 15 December 2014

Applications need to be sent to the Communities and Voluntary Sector Support (CVSS) unit at Wiltshire Council using the email address above. The earlier you can submit an application the better as this gives the CVSS unit a chance to gather further information, if necessary, before the application is submitted to the Wiltshire panel for endorsement. Applications need to be endorsed locally before they are submitted to the regional panel.

So far funding of £760,773 has been drawn down into Wiltshire from the Community Covenant Grant Scheme. Read the PDFCommunity Covenant Newsletter Community Covenant Newsletter 213kb for more infomation on the local projects that have been awarded funding.

Who’s doing what?

The MCI Partnership Board provides strategic direction and guidance to the partnership and MCI Delivery Group.

The Board comprises: The Leader Wiltshire Council, Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Transport, Corporate Director, Associate Director Economic Development and Planning Services, Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership representative, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Defence Technical Training, Homes & Communities Agency, Community First/Plain Action, and work stream leads as necessary. The Board meets every 8-10 weeks.

The MCI Delivery Group measures progress on the work streams in the partnership.

The Delivery Group comprises: Corporate Director, Associate Director Economic Development and Planning Services, and representatives from the Communications Team, Communities & Voluntary Sector Support, Economy & Enterprise Projects, Finance, HQ 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Housing, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Plain Action Programme Manager, Public Health, Research, Schools Strategic Planning, Spatial Planning, and the MCI Manager. The Delivery Group meets about every 6 weeks.

MCI Partnership - Fact File


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  • Currently, around 15,000 military personnel and an estimated 16,000 dependants are based in Wiltshire
  • It is estimated that there are about 54,000 veterans in Wiltshire
  • The military is the biggest employer in Wiltshire
  • Many more jobs are ‘Defence dependent’
  • The spending power of military personnel is worth over £450m per year
  • The development of the Salisbury Plain Super Garrison as a result of the Army Basing Plan will attract multi-million pound investment by MoD of around £800m into the county
  • The Defence College of Technical Training will open at MoD Lyneham in early 2016 – the construction contract is worth around £121m
  • Tedworth House, Tidworth, is one of four Recovery Centres run by Help for Heroes which form part of the Defence Recovery Capability
  • Around 1,000 young people are members of the cadet forces in Wiltshire
  • MoD makes a significant contribution towards conservation and environmental protection in Wiltshire

MCI-related information on the internet

Further Information

For further information, please contact: mci@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 8 July 2014

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