http://www.modoracle.com/?page=http://www.modoracle.com/news/detail.h2f?id=10149 EXTRACT FROM ABOVE Under Secretary of State for Defence Don Touhig has been meeting residents concerned by noise from an explosive ordnance facility in Shoeburyness, Essex. Mr Touhig was on a fact finding trip on 26 January 2006 to The Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (DEODS), a tri-Service training establishment that is part of the Defence Explosives, Munitions and Search School (DEMSS), and was able to discuss with residents their concerns about noise levels. While at the site he also learned more about the process of explosive ordnance, or bomb disposal as most people would know it. He received a number of presentations from personnel to explain the role of the site and, following a safety brief, witnessed a number of demonstrations including the dismantling of a Javelin missile. Mr Touhig said of his meeting with local residents: "The MoD takes concerns from the local community about noise resulting from our work very seriously. It is for this reason that I have asked for a review to be held into the possible relocation of some of the demilitarisation work from the Shoeburyness range. I expect the review to conclude in March. "I wanted to visit the Shoeburyness site to see first hand the vital activities that are carried out here, and to talk to the sites' users and local residents about the noise issue. I have also asked for a public liaison group to be formed to allow a better dialogue between the public, the MoD, and QinetiQ, the operators of the site. The first meeting of this group is expected to take place in the next couple of months, following the recruitment of a dedicated community liaison officer at the site. "I found my visit absolutely fascinating and it gave me a better understanding of the issues that concern local residents. I really do hope that, by working together with the local community, we can find better ways to address the noise issue and explore opportunities to mitigate the effects of noise from the site's neighbours." As the largest land range site in the UK at 35,000 acres, Shoeburyness is perfect for teaching bomb disposal techniques. The demolitions training, conducted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal operators, is vital before troops have to do it for real on operations in locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Demolition often involves the destruction of metal objects filled with high explosive (such as bombs). This means that there is a high danger of shrapnel and flying metal fragments for up to several hundred metres from the explosion. Shoeburyness is a massive site with large open spaces, essential for this type of training as it is easy to recover the missing fragments after demolition. The site has been used as a gunnery testing range for 157 years. The range also conducts test and evaluation work including large calibre weapons testing, static trials and environmental testing of munitions. This testing is vital to ensure that they can be handled and used safely and effectively during military operations. DIPLOMAT COMMENT You would think ater 157 years that the locals would be used to the odd noise from an explosion. The answer is simple, f--k off and move. Sell up and go and live in Scotland (better not though, low flying jets their from crabair). You would not believe the amount of money been wasted to placate these cnuts! How are we meant to train realistically if we can't make a little noise occassionally? I am sure these tw-ts wouldn't complain if they needed an EOD Team to sort out a bit of UXO in their back garden or kiddies playground? Next time an 11 team does a job in Esex, make lots of noise, break a few windows and blame it on lack of realistic tranining becasue of the noise police in the area! (Only joking). I am also suprised to see DEODS is 1) located at Shoeburyness; and 2) training people to 'dismantle a Javelin missile'. Fantasy brief from the DEODS Press Officer perhaps?