The 2012 Olympic shooting venue remains a disputed issue, with major safety concerns at Woolwich still unresolved.

The new plans for Dartford ensure that an alternative venue closer to the Olympic village is on offer. Plans are being prepared, along with a complete Environmental Impact Assessment, for submission to Dartford Borough Council within the next few weeks.

DCSC has the complete support of British Shooting and the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association.

Chairman of British Shooting, Phil Boakes, said: ?We are delighted that Peter Duffield is promoting these plans for an international standard clay shooting competition venue. The UK has long produced some of the finest shots in the world, but we do not currently have a venue capable of attracting a full shooting world cup and other international competitions. This is why I am so determined that the Olympics will leave a legacy for the sport.?

?We fully support the plans at Dartford and I personally will be giving them all the assistance I can.

?British Shooting currently favours a switch of Olympic venue away from Woolwich. We have the National Shooting Centre at Bisley, in Surrey, however it is good to have an alternative should the IOC insist on better proximity to the Olympic centre at Stratford, as they have in the past. Whatever happens, Woolwich is very wrong and leaves no legacy for the sport.?

The planned ranges are likely to cost in the region of £20m and would be built once permission is granted.

A spokesman for Dartford Clay Shooting Club, Richard Bailey, said:

?The Dartford site offers immense potential to both the sport and the growing Gateway community. The Dartford Marshes would become a spectacular place and provide a much needed boost to the area, environmentally and economically.?

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