archery centre plans are unveiled
for a brand new indoor archery centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been
unveiled this week.
Company of Archers has submitted plans to build the modern new building
at the town's BASC sports ground, off Stoddens Road.
approved by local councils, the indoor archery centre would be built
at the site of the existing outdoor archery range.
proposed Indoor Archery Centre would consist of a single hall to
augment the Clubs existing outdoor shooting range, for use
particularly during the winter months," says a spokesperson.
layout is intended to accommodate the Indoor Centre on the site
without interfering with the existing outdoor archery range, pictured,
which would continue to be the focus of summer activities."
minimise the size of the proposed development, the building would
provide a shooting hall only, relying on the existing BASC Clubhouse
to provide changing, toilet and common room facilities."
building would be located adjacent to the current outdoor shooting
line, thus meaning the archers have identical access to those facilities."
the winter months the Club's indoor shooting facility at present
is provided by renting sessions at Burnham-On-Sea Rifle club in
Cassis Close. The size of the Rifle Range is barely adequate for
archery," adds the spokesperson.
Club currently has 51 active shooting members, mostly from Burnham-On-Sea
and the surrounding area. Of those, seven are Juniors below the
age of 18, and 24 are retired or above the age of 50. The Club caters
for all abilities.
Club has a substantial waiting list of up to a year for people wanting
to take up archery and join the Club. The long delay occurs because
the inadequate winter indoor facilities restrict the number of beginners
that can be accommodated, and new members can join only if they
have completed a recognised beginners course."
indoor centre would remove this restriction, allowing the Club to
increase its membership, and improving the quality of experience
for existing members."
plans show the building would be 8.55m wide and 33.3m long with
the 8.55m width sufficient to accommodate five target bosses, while
the length of the hall would allow shooting at the main indoor competitive
distance of 25m, with regulation clearances being maintained.
Pike, BASC Chairman, has given the BASC Committee's support to the
plans. "We give our full backing for the Burnham Company of
Archers application to place an indoor shooting range at the
west end of the field," he says.
always tries to support its founder member clubs in their efforts
to improve their facilities. In this case, an indoor range will
provide additional facilities for the community, allowing more people
to take up the sport of archery and therefore participate in sport
in year round."
on the scheme are welcome to Sedgemoor District Council until March