Firing range will be ‘quiet as a washing machine’
10:30pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Latest News
NORTH Wiltshire MP James Gray has welcomed clarification on the firing range and noise levels at the new military training facility at the former RAF Lyneham site.
Wiltshire Council is considering the planning application for the proposed Defence College of Technical Training at MOD Lyneham, submitted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in May.
Residents have commented on the proposals, citing fears of noise from the site. The DIO has given clarification over the development and proposed activities.
North Wiltshire MP James Gray, speaking from Westminster, said: “My constituents in and around Lyneham will be pleased that I have received assurance this week from Defence Minister Mark Francois that the level of noise emanating from MOD Lyneham while the Defence College of Technical Training is being set up will be minimal and confined to day time hours.”
Mr Gray recently raised the issue of noise in response to concerns of residents.
Mr Gray said: “The noise level... will be approximate to that experienced over the last 60 years while Lyneham was an operational airfield – and quite possibly less than that. Leaving aside occasional small-arms fire, we are talking about 50 to 60 decibels, and that will be in the centre of the base, and mainly during normal working hours. I am told that is not much different to a domestic washing machine.”
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