WATCH: Blue Hill Club Responds To Concerns Over Planned Balata Shooting Range

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Amid concerns voiced by residents of two Balata communities, the planners of a proposed shooting range in the area have issued a response. Arthur Scott is the Director of Operations of the Blue Hill Sports Club, the entity behind the proposed development. He acknowledged that there are concerns regarding indiscriminate firearm use. However, Scott said his Club approached the Development Control Authority (DCA), which provided a checklist of criteria. As a result, the Blue Hill Club official said the organisation eventually settled on a quarry at Balata and submitted engineer drawings in line with international standards and presented other required documents. Scott told reporters that part of the process involved stakeholders, with a notice informing them of the proposed range and inviting comments and recommendations by a specific date per standard procedure. “We were expecting comments, but I was just shocked when I heard so many things were being said and some of the arguments being made,” he stated. He recalled concerns about people venturing onto the proposed shooting range and water contamination. In this regard, Scott told reporters that the Blue Hill Club intended to publish articles to ‘demystify’ the issue in the coming days. “The shooting range is...