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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Residents invited to shape future of Farnborough Civic Quarter

Residents are being invited to help shape the future heart of Farnborough town centre and its leisure facilities when a public engagement on the Civic Quarter and leisure centre begins in early January.

The Rushmoor Development Partnership, which brings together the council and its development partner Hill Investment Partnerships, is working with award-winning architects, GT3, to explore options and proposals for the Civic Quarter before preparing a planning application for submission in Summer 2019.

The Rushmoor Development Partnership is keen to hear residents’ views about what works and what doesn’t work in the Civic Quarter now – and importantly, provide the opportunity for residents to influence the creation of a new public heart in the town and its leisure facilities. Two special drop-in events, facilitated by GT3, will take place on:

Tuesday, 8 January – Princes Mead shopping centre, 10am to 2pm and Farnborough Leisure Centre, 4pm to 8pm.

Saturday, 12 January – Princes Mead shopping centre, 9am to 12pm.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

SFA Application System (e-1132)

The web address used to access the online SFA application system (e-1132) has not changed as was scheduled. The existing web address (http://apps01.domis.r.mil.uk/e1132/) remains in use for the foreseeable future and is fully operational.

​We apologise if any inconvenience was caused during the system outage period.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

FREE Parking in Aldershot and Farnborough Over the Christmas Period

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Forces Help to Buy Scheme - extended

The Secretary of State for Defence has agreed that the Forces Help to Buy scheme will be extended for new applications until 31 December 2019.

Forces Help to Buy enables regular Armed Forces personnel to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment or as their family's needs change.

To date more than £242 million been provided to over 16,000 applicants. The extension of the pilot will allow Defence to explore how the policy fits within the wider housing strategy and understand any opportunities for private sector provision of the scheme.

The Secretary of State said:
"Everyone dreams of owning their own home and this hugely popular scheme has already helped thousands of Service personnel realise that dream. By extending the scheme by a further year I really hope we can help many more first-time buyers, families and married couples get a foot on the property ladder."

Help to Buy website: https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/​ 

Supporting Service Children in Education Wales

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Available in Welsh and English

Friday, 30 November 2018

Service Pupil Premium

Service parents with children in State maintained schools, Free schools and Academies in England are encouraged to ensure that the Head Teacher of their child(ren)’s school is made aware of their Service status ahead of the Spring school census deadline of 17th January 2019. 

Please see poster on left for further details. Click on image to enlarge

Army Families Federation (AFF) New System for Visa Applications Launched

On 2 November 2018, UK Visas and Immigration launched a new system for visa applications made within the UK. The new system will work in a similar way to the visa application process to come into the UK. Under the new process, application forms are completed online – you’ll also pay online, including the biometric enrolment fee.
You’ll then be redirected to Sopra Steria’s website to book an appointment to attend a VCAS centre in person, where you will enrol your biometric information. There are six core service centres offering free appointments and 50 ‘enhanced’ service centres offering charged appointments.
Supporting documents can be uploaded online or scanned at the appointment for an added fee. You will retain your original documents, including your passport, while the application is being decided.
This does not mean that all applications will be decided on the day of the appointment, however. You must still pay an additional charge to have your applications decided faster than the standard six months.

Can I travel while the application is pending?
Once an applicant has attended their appointment, although they will retain their passports, they should not travel or their application will be considered withdrawn.
Further information can be found here.