The club is hoping to submit a planning application to Dartford Borough Council in the next few weeks. When built, the new facilities will enable the club to hold top-level international competitions and it will have a new shooting range.

It was hoped that the plans would convince London 2012 organisers to switch the Olympic shooting competition to the Kent club. However, the Olympic Board confirmed on 19 March that the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich is to host the 2012 Olympic shooting, despite the venue failing to leave a lasting legacy to the sport.

Richard Bailey, spokesman for the Dartford Clay shooting Club, is looking to the future, “We can only stand openmouthed in astonishment at the decision taken by the Olympic Board. At Dartford we could have built a legacy for the sport of shooting for the original £25million budget. However, our application to build a world-class venue, which will attract huge inward investment, will continue unchanged.”

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  • Peter

    We attended this ground on sunday the 28th April and Thursday 2nd may.
    We had a lot of trap faults on Sunday I.e. trap 1-2-8-9-12 all had electrical problems or flat batteries. So we tried again on Thursday, only to find the same badly run ground the same trap problems with the same traps. So we decided to try the compak? This was even worse we were waiting for 40 mins for someone to come and press the buttons and when they finally turned up they then had to load all the traps with clays and put new batteries on. Not a good experience with the burger either the nice part of the cheese burger was the cheese. It seems as though the staff are either badly managed or are just not bothered. On Sunday the guy by the traps gave us some extra birds. And on Thursday the girl at the counter gave us a free round on compak which we waited 40mins for. So it will not be a place we could recommend to you. Such a shame for this ground.