We wish to urge all residents of Winchester to attend the town meeting on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Winchester Town Hall to discuss the proposed shooting range.
We have lived in Ashuelot (part of Winchester) for 26 years. We strongly oppose opening a shooting range so close to our home. The constant noise and increased traffic would infringe on our peaceful lives. We have a right to continue our lives in the space we have created for ourselves; the shooting range would be a great detriment to that way of life. It would also dramatically change the lives of our neighbors, many of whom have small children and animals. The applicants claim there will be sound barriers, but no such barriers will be able to eliminate the shots with the range so close to our house. We are not opposed to shooting ranges located in appropriate commercial areas. This range, however, is planned for a residential area, where our neighbors and we will be greatly affected.
We are so disturbed by this possibility that we have even thought that we might have to move if the shooting range is approved. However, even this might not be possible, as having a shooting range so close will drastically reduce the property value of our home and that of our neighbors. We urge our neighbors, the members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and all other relevant officials to oppose this special exception to the zoning laws.
Please, we beg you, do not allow this shooting range to ruin the tranquility of our lives and those of our neighbors.
SANDER LEE and WENDY SMITH