Gun games for Heath Common?

Snap happy . Alex Dolby took this picture of  Horses on Heath Common
Snap happy . Alex Dolby took this picture of Horses on Heath Common

THE latest craze of combat sport could soon see people shooting each other on Heath Common.

Airsoft, similar to paintballing, sees teams fire pellets at each other with replica firearms.

This week Chris Walton of Middleton applied for planning permission from Wakefield Council to set up the sport on land off Hell Lane.

In a design and access statement Mr Walton said poor soil conditions have resulted in the land not being used to grow crops.

And he added: “It uses the natural environment for the outdoor recreation and the impact of the proposal upon the rural and woodland locality will have no impact.

“The outdoor sport is clean and safe, no residents overlook the site, the main playing area is in the valley of the former railway and the impact upon highway and public safety is very small, due to the small numbers of players at any one time (20-30).”

The games would be held between 10.30am and 5pm mainly at weekends and occasionally during the week.

Mr Walton is also seeking permission to keep a steel storage cabin and timber shed on the land to keep the equipment.

If the scheme is given the go-ahead then players will use the current field entrance.