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Report backs plan for new outdoor activities centre near Lichfield

Councillors have been urged to approve a new outdoor pursuits centre near Lichfield.

Land next to the A38 at Weeford has been earmarked for activities such as clay pigeon and air rifle shooting.

Objections had been raised by Weeford Parish Council who said the access was not sufficient. There were also letters from 50 residents who are against the proposal.

Questions were also raised about noise pollution and the safety of people using a nearby public footpath.

But a report to a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s planning committee has recommended approving the project.

It highlighted measures which could be used to ensure the safety of people using the footpath through the site.

“It will be necessary for the applicant to implement a safety measure, which would include the siting of people to each end of the path with communication links to the trainers to ensure that shots stop when walkers wish to cross the site,” the report said.

“The need to ensure that the footpath remains available to potential users at all times, shall be highlighted to the applicant.”

The recommendation has been made to approve the new outdoor activities centre, with the proviso that £5,000 is contributed by the applicant towards the cost of introducing a traffic regulation order to stop vehicles performing U-turns at the nearby central reservation gap on the A38.

A decision will be made by councillors at a meeting of the planning committee on August 24.

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