Ballymacormick Rifle Range
Monday 1st August 2016
Over the last number of weeks a large number of constituents have contacted me regarding the proposed rifle range on the Ballymacormick Road. A number have even called to my house to personally express their strong, but honestly held, feelings on the positioning of this proposed range.
What has struck me about this particular issue is that practically everyone who has spoken to me is generally supportive, as I am, of the sport of shooting but do not believe that the proposed location, at the end of a residential road, is suitable for a target range. Some of these constituents are concerned about noise and the safety issues, others about the encroachment onto the green belt.
I remain fully supportive of the club and of the sport of target shooting in Northern Ireland. It should be noted that in the past Northern Ireland has produced a number of successful Commonwealth competitors in these disciplines and target shooting within Northern Ireland has a world renown safety record.
I take my role as a local politician very seriously and I feel that I have to clearly and unambiguously represent the feelings and wishes of those within the Council area I represent. I have now formally objected by writing to our Planning Department outlining my concerns regarding the proposed location. I believe that this is the wrong location for such a range and would respectfully ask the club to reconsider their current planning application.