Rifle range opponents: ‘We don’t hate guns, but plan puts profits before peace in tranquil Eskdalemuir’
Opponents of a proposed high-velocity rifle range have hit back at claims, made in the E&L, by the man behind the controversial plan.
Last week, we interviewed businessman Marc Gardner, owner of Gardeners Guns in Longtown, who wants to open the 2km range on moorland at Clerkhill farm near the village of Eskdalemuir.
Mr Gardner’s original plan was rejected by council planners, but he has since amended it and is hoping to push the development through. He says the range will attract shooting enthusiasts, as well as military and police marksmen, and be beneficial to the local economy.
He also says safety and noise concerns are unfounded, and local residents – as well as Buddhist monks at the nearby Samye Ling monastery – will not be disturbed by activities at the range.
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