Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 09 July 2018
From Joseph Swords


I firmly object to the Gateway Rail Freight Interchange on a number of levels.

First of all, part of what makes South Northants so desirable is the clean air and green space. This interchange will only sully that image and make it less desirable for residents and businesses - with vastly increased air pollution, undoubted increased traffic and a huge change in the landscape.

As a young person, I am shocked that a proposal would even be considered at a time when air pollution is linked to tens of thousands of deaths a year across the country - and this seems an attempt to further increase that number, in spaces where air quality should be most preserved.

Furthermore, the huge loss of farmland, at a time when Britain and South Northants must be committed and focussed in produce more homegrown produce - for health, environmental and economic reasons. Part of the reason South Northants is attractive to young people is because of the ability to source local food and enjoy green space - this interchange would ruin that.

In addition, the huge increase in traffic would create huge safety issues in Blisworth and Milton Malsor - areas where there is a large number of young people attending local schools - and elderly residents. Both vulnerable groups. Why not extend the Daventry Interchange, where there is more than enough expansion space?

It would appear as though this is yet another example of Northants Councils taking short-term profit or perhaps personal greed, rather than pursue the rights and well being of it's electorate and residents. I sincerely hope you reconsider this idea.