Update 5/7/19 Bisley Shooting Ground Ltd

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NRA members and visitors to Bisley may be aware of recent claims made by Bisley Shooting Ground Limited with regards to their recently expired lease of Council Club and licence of Cottesloe Heath. These claims are made in support of their pleas for financial donations to fund their legal action against the NRA.

To provide clarification

  • Bisley Shooting Ground Limited (BSG)  is a private company that trades for the benefit of its shareholders and directors. The two directors, Anthony and Alexander Roupell, own over 94% of the entire equity of the company.
  • BSG’s most recently filed accounts report current assets (including cash) of £587,014; and indicate annual profits, after remuneration of directors, in excess of £300,000.
  • In 2018 BSG were offered the opportunity to make a formal, unconditional, offer for the clay shooting business at Bisley, but declined to do so.
  • The NRA formally notified BSG in July 2018 that the lease for Council Club and licence for Cottesloe Heath and Long Siberia ranges would not be renewed
  • The lease of Council Club and license for Cottesloe Heath and Long Siberia ranges both expired on 30th June 2019. BSG as tenant / licensee has failed to yield possession to the NRA
  • The NRA, through its wholly owned subsidiary, have successfully operated the National Clay Shooting Centre for many years

 

BSG has instigated legal action claiming an entitlement for new leases for both Council Club and the two ranges. BSG acceded to NRA demands that the dispute be resolved at Court at the earliest opportunity.

The actions of the NRA have solely been aimed at holding BSG as tenant to obligations they undertook when signing the lease and licence. To expect a tenant to honour their commitments is not bullying – it is professional property management that is expected of charity Trustees.

Andrew Mercer

Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

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