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Colchester family's four year battle to open a paintball venue
10:56am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
WHEN he was made redundant four years ago, Andy Wright decided he would turn his paintballing passion into a full-time career.
Using his payout, the Hythe resident acquired a chunk of land near Layer Marney and set about creating a landscape where teams can arm themselves with paint pellets and go head-to-head.
But none of the conflicts which may take place over the 31 acres of woodland will match the planning battles Andy, 39, and his family have faced.
He said: “Why should it take four years and £30,000 now just to try and build a new site in Colchester?"
He says he must come up with a plan to look after dormice, even though an ecological survey found none on the land, while he has hired consultants to look at the “visual impact” of the proposed facility, on land near the ancient Layer Wood.
After wildlife groups claimed paintballs could harm small animals, he had to submit a document explaining how they are made.
See Thursday's Gazette for the full story.