KPMG to review Woolwich olympic shooting venue for 2012

The Evening Standard today ran an article saying that 3 of the proposed olympic venues are under review, including the shooting venue at Woolwich. Naturally most of the article focused on the equestrian and basketball venues :x but it looks like their might just be a chance of 2012 delivering a legacy for the shooting sports after all.

Evening Standard

At Woolwich, even the governing body of the sport concerned, British Shooting, opposes the venue, saying it will cost up to £25 million but leave nothing for shooters. A petition on the Downing Street website to change the venue, backed by British Shooting and started by a Great Britain shooting team member, Nicola Heron, now has almost 11,000 signatures.

“If you're going to spend £25 million, then for goodness's sake do something useful with it,” British Shooting's chair, Phil Boakes, said. “Whatever money is spent [at Woolwich] is a waste of time and will leave no legacy.” British Shooting would prefer a site at Dartford where a permanent international-standard shooting centre, something Britain lacks, could be built.

The Woolwich venue will also require the closure of the busy South Circular Road for hours at a time, causing traffic chaos. The road runs next to the shooting ground with a risk that a pedestrian or motorist could be accidentally shot. Much of Woolwich Common will also be closed and emergency access to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be more difficult.
Its not as if we already had any perfectly acceptable ranges in nice open areas that might rhyme with Bisley...

Fukcing hell, what a waste of money. £25m is half a Titian...
still21inmymind said:
Wouldn't have any of those problems at Bisley.
As I understand it, Bisley is not a preferred site. It would require major alterations to the ranges as well as having a major impact on what one could charitably describe as its 'Edwardian charm'.

Besides which, we should be encouraging more regional shooting facilities, not reinforcing the dominance of Bisley!


A permanent, Olympic-standard shooting centre might also allow pistol shooters to have somewhere to train apart from France - presumably it would have to have permission for their storage and use on site.
KPMG to are reviewing the Horsey things in Greenwich Park, Shooting in Woolwich and Basketball arena in the Olympic Park, all of which are bonkers in terms of spend versus legacy.

Possible alternatives are Hickstead or Badminton for the Nags, Millennium Dome for Basketball and, believe it or not, the windswept, barren, desolate and utterly miserable Dartford site for the shooting. ( You know, the one just downwind of the sewage works)

Bisley is a possible but of course the Great White Elephant known as the Lord Roberts Centre already stands as a stark and dreadful warning as to what your "legacy" can turn in to
This is good news and will hopefully highlight to a larger audience of the total waste of £25m, plus a further £5-8m in demolition costs....(These costs are probably set to rise too !)

It will be an absolute disgrace if the proposed plan for the Greenwich site is allowed to continue....
stupid place to put a range if you need to close a road


The land exists in the MoD portfolio, surely if Bisley doesnt get redeveloped then a similar but modern facility nearby should be the right thing. I for one wouldnt moan if Bisley gets changed provided the clubhouses remain. After the fooked up the pistol ranges for the Commonwealth trap layout there is nothing left worth keeping!
I would have thought that Shoeburyness would have been a better site for shooting...

The ground is already too contaminated for reclamation and we could continue to p1ss off the folk who object to the noise from the proof ranges..... bonus :D


Good enough for me but what about the legacy, no one in their right mind goes there for a day out?
Surely the biggest danger of using Woolwich as a shooting venue would be the oh-so-delightful locals reacting to the bangs and shooting back... who did the Risk assessment?

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