Shooting plans come under fire
Monday 14th April 2014 10:00 News Posted by Lisa B

Feathers are flying over a bid to open Old Glossop Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground more days a year.

Objectors claim the application by owner Graham Caesar to increase shooting from the current 28 days to all year round will mean more noise.

But Graham, who also owns Windy Harbour Farm Hotel, says walkers and people living near the Mossy Lea land have nothing to worry about.

FIRING LINE: Old Glossop Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground where an expansion plea has sent feathers flying.

FIRING LINE: Old Glossop Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground where an expansion plea has sent feathers flying.

Speaking about his extended use plea to the Peak District National Park Authority, he said there were no plans for 365 days a year shoots.

“No shooting grounds in the country could do that, there just isn’t the demand,” he said.

“We are just looking for flexibility when clients call asking to book a shoot. There certainly won’t be shoots every day, nothing like it.

“There has been a misunderstanding and I will be meeting a planning officer.”

Big name companies have held corporate shoots at the ground and Graham is looking for more in a bid to boost local tourism.

He says a corporate shoot hospitality would involve no more than four hours shooting a day. Other shoots would last no more than an hour. The Edge Lane plantation land has been used for clay pigeon shooting since 1960 and possibly, much earlier.

Walkers objecting to the application say more shooting would affect wildlife and ‘commercialise’ Old Glossop.

Graham said shooters would never aim at animals and birds and that corporate clients would be driven from Windy Harbour to the shoot  in a minibus, so not to increase traffic  on the narrow track leading to the grounds.