A CLAY pigeon shooting club in Rixton has won its appeal to build the facilities near to Risley Moss.

Prospect Target Club's application had originally been denied by Warrington Borough Council, over claims it could affect nearby birdlife.

Residents, councillors and experts all lobbied the committee, arguing the development would hit the green belt and wildlife.

Concerns were also raised over noise pollution.

The plans were put to a planning inquiry, where inspector Martin Joyce was tasked with scrutinising the blueprints and making a final decision on the matter.

Geoff Settle said “Speaking on behalf of the Warrington Nature Conservation Forum I can say that we are bitterly disappointed with the outcome.

“The shooting club has now been given the green light to go ahead and inflict noise on the local community and wildlife.

“We will continue to record data and submit our wildlife sightings, particularly birds on the Red and Amber list bird list, on the Cheshire Local Biological database and monitor any changes.”