Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 05 December 2018
From Geoffrey Binks


I object very strongly to this unnecessary and unwanted developer driven proposal for the Rail Central SRFI, squeezed in, between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages, both of which are conservation areas.

The increased traffic congestion on roads in the locality due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements a day generated by this SRFI, will lead to traffic chaos, on the already congested roads in the area.

Besides the increase in air pollution generated by this SRFI, due to the thousands of additional daily vehicle movements, is a very real concern to me. Air Pollution by Nitric Oxide and Diesel Particulate lorry and machinery emissions will have an adverse affect on my health, as well as, for those in neighbouring villages. The harm caused by Diesel Particulates is of course a national issue, with little prospect in the immediate future of HGV`s being powered by electricity. Furthermore, the noise and light pollution generated from this SRFI operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, would be devastating making my life unbearable.

I also strongly object to this developer driven SRFI on the grounds it`s contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS). There is absolutely no policy or evidence in the WNJCS to suggest the need for an SRFI on land in open countryside between Milton Malsor and Blisworth. The need for an SRFI is identified in the WNJCS as the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) nearby on junction 18 on the M1. Therefore there is no need or requirement for the proposed Rail Central SRFI.

My wife and I have enjoyed living in Milton Malsor for the past 44 years. Now that we are retired we look forward to continuing to do so, without having the Rail Central SRFI which would totally ruin the enjoyment of living in this peaceful and idyllic village.