10:30AM, Thursday 24 April 2014
An archery club in Windsor has been given the go ahead to build a new clubhouse despite flooding concerns.
Proposals for the refurbishment of Windsor Forest Bowmen's club, based in St Stephens Field, in Romney Lock Road, were discussed at the Windsor Urban Development Control Panel meeting last night.
The application asked permission for the replacement of the existing clubhouse, built in 1951, with a bigger clubhouse with better access for disabled archers, kitchen facilities and toilets.
Speaking at the meeting, club member Phil Challen said: "At present we have no toilet facilities other than two chemical affairs and we have disabled members who are not able to shelter from the rain in their own clubhouse.
"These same members have to pee into a bottle when nature calls because we don't have the necessary facilities which this new clubhouse will provide."
The Environment Agency had objected to the application on grounds of flood risk and storage but the panel felt there was no direct risk to members as the clubhouse would be empty if flooding occurred.
The application was passed by the panel unanimously.
The meeting took place at the Windsor Guildhall.
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