Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 22 July 2018
From Marie Whitefield

Representation

I strongly object to the proposed development as I am worried about the environmental impact of building Roxhill and its proposed road links. We have chosen our house as it backs onto farmland, with no pollution and no traffic noise. The proposed bypass would completely change this, with its path cutting through the said farmland, as well as a roundabout, meaning light, air and noise pollution caused by extra gear changes, not just through the day but at night too as the site would operate 24/7.
Also 18 miles further up the road, DIRFT is already up and running and not operating at full capacity, is there any real need for a smaller development so close by?
Another concern is the fact that this area is not capable of providing enough workers for the said development, as many residents of this village are either retired or nearing retirement. The unemployment rate here is very low. If the labour force has to travel in from other more populated areas, this will add to the impact on this village from commuting through day and night. The increased traffic to and from the Northampton Gateway would cause more delays and congestion on an already very busy M1 and surrounding major roads.
Finally, I strongly object to the destruction of acres of farmland, wildlife habitats and pathways. We must take more care for our environment as the impact of its destruction is becoming obvious, particularly as far as climate change, animal conservation and pollution-related health problems are concerned.