Shooting club inquiry closes

Warrington Guardian: Protestors at the inquiry in November Protestors at the inquiry in November

A DRAWN-OUT planning inquiry into a clay pigeon shooting club in Rixton has finally come to a close.

The ongoing dispute has been rumbling on for more than two years after a planning application was submitted back in 2011 to the council to build a shooting range and clubhouse at a site on Prospect Lane.

The plans were opposed by a number of residents including the chairman of the Nature Conservation Forum, Geoff Settle.

Speaking at the inquiry, Mr Settle said: “In our view, there is no public demand, need or necessity in the area for this intrusive development.

Warrington Borough Council and this inquiry have an obligation to protect these important SSSI and local wildlife sites and I ask you to find in favour of keeping it that way.”

Peter Goatley, speaking on behalf of Prospect Target Club, argued that there was a demand for the sport and the shooting club could potentially train the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians.

Planning inspector Martin Joyce, who headed the inquiry at The Halliwell Jones, spent the final day visiting the site at Prospect Farm as well as other sites in Birchwood and Gorse Covert, which had been highlighted by residents during their evidence.

The verdict will be returned in the coming months.

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7:07pm Mon 20 Jan 14

old-codger says...

They want shooting, The locals are entitled to peace and quiet like the rest of us, Who wants to have to put up with all the noise and disruption. These people have no consideration for anyone but themselves.
They want shooting, The locals are entitled to peace and quiet like the rest of us, Who wants to have to put up with all the noise and disruption. These people have no consideration for anyone but themselves. old-codger

8:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

J H Wise says...

I wonder if the planners
actually stood on Pestfurlong Hill at Gorse Covert whilst the shooting was taking place? maybe if they had witnessed poor dogs being scared whitless and running away scared, it might have made it easier for the powers that be to say no to these selfish gun club owners.
I wonder if the planners actually stood on Pestfurlong Hill at Gorse Covert whilst the shooting was taking place? maybe if they had witnessed poor dogs being scared whitless and running away scared, it might have made it easier for the powers that be to say no to these selfish gun club owners. J H Wise

10:30pm Mon 20 Jan 14

shooter69 says...

how much garbage can two people spout , have either of you ever been to a clay shooting ground .
i own a shotgun and go out to a clay ground , some people want to go walking or fishing , i choose to go shooting . thats my choice .
try and visit a clay shooting club once in a while and see what its all about , its not just about who can hit most or how many cartridges you can go through . its all so get a very good social side to it as well .
how much garbage can two people spout , have either of you ever been to a clay shooting ground . i own a shotgun and go out to a clay ground , some people want to go walking or fishing , i choose to go shooting . thats my choice . try and visit a clay shooting club once in a while and see what its all about , its not just about who can hit most or how many cartridges you can go through . its all so get a very good social side to it as well . shooter69

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