Felixstowe: Rifle club set to move to make way for superstore development

Uzbekistan rifle shooter Sakina Mamedova training for the Olympics at the Felixstowe Rifle Club last

Uzbekistan rifle shooter Sakina Mamedova training for the Olympics at the Felixstowe Rifle Club last summer. - Credit: Archant

Proposals have been submitted for a new headquarters for one of Suffolk’s oldest rifle clubs, which is being forced to move to make way for homes and a superstore.

Felixstowe Rifle Club will have a 100 yard British competition standard and a 50 metre international competition firing range as part of the project.

Landowner Trinity College, Cambridge is asking the club to leave its current site in Walton High Street as it forms part of its proposed Walton Green project for a 30,000sq ft Tesco supermarket, 200 homes, business units, café and allotments.

It is providing a remote four-acre site off Nicholas Road, Trimley St Mary.

The site sits to the south of the Felixstowe passenger branch rail line, and access will be via Nicholas Road and a bridleway.

The rifle club, formed in 1900, is currently seeking grant aid to help build the outdoor and indoor range, air gun range, clubhouse, and 47-space car park.

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The rifle club has about 100 members and has produced national and international champions and competitors, as well as hosting one of the largest clubs for blind and visually-impaired shooters in the country.

It is also the air pistol training base for the Disabled Target Shooting GB team preparing for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

In a joint letter to the council, the rifle club and Trinity College said: “The new site and proposals have been subjected to careful scrutiny from the National Small-bore Rifle Association, as the governing body, who are satisfied that they comply with their design and guidance, although this would be subject to detailed design approval.”

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