Buddon’s role in Games revealed

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A PUBLIC consultation regarding the potential use of Barry Buddon as a venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is set to begin.

It is proposed that all the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games shooting competitions take place at the MOD camp, which is situated between Carnoustie and Monifieth, from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

The people behind the Games want to create an outstanding temporary venue at Barry Buddon.

This will include two temporary enclosed ranges, three temporary clay target ranges and install temporary event overlay (tents, temporary buildings, grandstands etc.).

Glasgow 2014 officials want the public to be fully informed as comments and suggestions will help them to prepare their final design proposals.

And to that end they are holding a consultation event at Carnoustie Leisure Centre on Tuesday (June 19) from 2 to 8 p.m. After the consultation process, a full application will be submitted to Angus Council, likely to be in the autumn.

Glasgow 2014 is already working closely with a number of bodies, including Angus Council, the MOD, Scottish Natural Heritage, Carnoustie Golf Links, Scottish Government, SEPA, Tayside Police, Scottish Water, Tayside Fire and Rescue, and both Monifieth and Carnoustie Community Councils.

It is expected that over 3,300 spectators will enjoy the events.

Organisers are aware of the potential ecological and environmental impact on the area which is protected by Scottish Natural Heritage.

They want to keep the landscape as it is, so in their planning they want to find ways of reducing the impact on the area as much as possible.

And during the Games a park and ride system will be in use to transport spectators to reduce traffic impact.

A spokesperson for Glasgow 2014 said: “Glasgow 2014 Limited will be undertaking a public consultation as part of our preparations to transform temporarily Barry Buddon into a world-class shooting venue.

“We look forward to sharing our proposals with the local community and to hearing their thoughts ahead of the formal planning proposals. This is an exciting part of the journey towards the delivery of an outstanding Games for Scotland.”