Stop the Clay Shoot/Rifle Shoot Blackwells End 200 + days per year.

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Stop the impact of clay shooting at Mount Oliver’s Meadow, Blackwells End, Hartpury. 

Application (P0162/21/FUL), Forest of Dean District Council,  to shoot from 9am till 7pm, up to 304 days a year! 200 days of clay shooting plus 104 days of rifle shooting and archery. 

This concentration and amount of shooting will hugely affect the peace and quiet of this area with substantial noise pollution to local residents, pets and local wildlife.  The woods directly in front of Mount Oliver’s Meadow are home to a plethora of beautiful wildlife, including wild roe and muntjac deer.  The Hartpury Heritage Trust, National Perry Pear Centre with wetlands is directly behind this site and contains many ducks, nesting geese and swans. Herons, egrets, bats and swallows swoop over the water with damsel flies and dragonflies.  Many visitors enjoy this peaceful and stunning location which links some lovely walks and footpaths.  There is also the impact of lead shot at this volume, which can break down into soluble sulphates and affect a substantial surrounding area, leaching into surrounding soils and water courses such as Colliers Brook, which runs all around the site at Mount Olivers Meadow, feeding into the river Leadon.  The whole pellets are also commonly eaten by birds and other wildlife causing lead poisoning.

The noise of one shotgun being fired is 120-150 decibels, the same as a jet engine taking off at 100ft, this application seeks to have up to 20 of these for 10 hours a day!

The traffic pollution and impact is bad enough for the local residents living in Corsend Road and roads leading off.   During busy periods, and when traffic is diverted due to local flooding, this road is one of the only roads out.  This road is constantly being patched and filled due to the flooding and then increased volume of traffic.  This application will increase traffic for nearly all of the year.  Non local 'corporate' parties may not drive with as much consideration for local horse riders and cyclists enjoying the Newent Loop.

Please join us in signing this petition to stop this unnecessary application for so many days. Currently at 28days per year which is fair and has a relatively low impact on the area, residents and wildlife, and is mostly accepted. This application is greedy, hugely impactful on environment, wildlife and residents, including successful and established studs and equine businesses. Even if this does not directly affect you, do it for the wildlife and environment.

Hartpury University and College is one of the leading equine Universities in the UK and many students as well as local residents enjoy a peaceful and safe ride in these lanes and roads. This will be massively limited due to the fear of horses being spooked or startled by the noise of shotgun fire. 

This application serves no one but the applicant, it will not bring substantial business to the area, nor does it provide extra local employment.