Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 30 November 2018
From Christopher Mair


I strongly object to this proposal. I have lived in Milton Malsor for 33 years, enjoying the beauty and rural tranquillity in this lovely rural village. Thus the reason why I chose to live here. I am retired and I look forward to spending the remainder of my days here.

Having the Rail Central SRFI "shoe horned" in between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages, both conservation areas, would be devastating for residents. The significant increase in traffic movements 22,000 a day, 6,688 being HGV`s generated by this SRFI will lead to traffic chaos, on the already congested roads in the locality.

Besides the increase in air pollution which this SRFI will generate, due to the thousands of additional daily vehicle movements, is a major issue. Air Pollution by Nitric Oxide and Diesel Particulate lorry and machinery emissions will directly affect the health of residents, as well as , those in neighbouring villages. The harm caused by Diesel Particulates is a national issue. There is little prospect in the immediate future of HGV`s being powered by electricity.

Furthermore, the noise and light pollution generated from such an operation working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, would be devastating making my life unbearable.

I also strongly object to this proposal as it`s contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS). There is no policy or evidence in the WNJCS to suggest the need for an SRFI on land in open countryside between Milton Malsor and Blisworth. However the need for an SRFI is identified in the WNJCS, as the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) on junction 18 on the M1, (approximately 18 miles from junction 15) where planning permission, has been granted for logistics space and for a new rail terminal. Therefore, there is no requirement for the proposed Rail Central SRFI.

I call for this unnecessary and unwanted developer driven proposal to be refused.