Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 05 December 2018
From Gillian Jaynes

Representation

I object to the Rail Central Strategic Infrastructure submitted by Ashfield Land in the STRONGEST possible terms for the following reasons.
* My understanding is that the Governments' Rail Freight Strategy should cover the entire country. This does not appear to be the case.The East Midlands has several warehousing/rail freight depots already with room for expansion.The proposed site of RailCentral/Northampton Gateway is a small area between a few villages, and attendent warehousing will completely fill in all land leaving no space for for those who love this area and use it to it's full capacity.
* Blisworth Arm is a community on the banks of the Northampton Arm Canal and is a Conservation Area. It comprises of historic buildings and businesses and is an important part of the countrys' Industrial Revolution. It is constantly used by walkers, riders, anglers, shooters, dog walkers, families, boaters, trip boat users. Ashfield Land own a small acreage of land called Arm Farm situated in the Arm . It has been allowed to become derelict during the 20 years it has been in their ownership. The site of the huge roundabout access into the Warehouse Park will be on these ridge and furrow fields found in this place. The proposed road system is at the roof height of these historic houses and businesses, and where there is currently almost dark skies at night there would be 24 hour light ,noise and air pollution. At this roundabout heavy goods vehicles and works traffic would have access to the small lanes around the affected villages, so that when the M1 and other arterial routes are at gridlock which they are, every day, these vehicles could drive through our villages to find alternative routes out and in to the area.
* The proposed area is very small with no room for expansion.
* The site of this proposed development is at one of the most congested areas of the M1. With thousands of extra vehicles coming in every day, the already congested roads would be completely gridlocked and drivers would find alternative routes through the tiny lanes surrounding these villages.
* Ashfield Land have tried, unsuccessfully in the past to develop their small land ownership. They appear to be using the Governments' Rail Freight Strategy to bypass local planning, and are presenting a distorted view of the area. On many of the maps shown at public exhibitions, Blisworth Arm is not shown. P,ease note: it does exist and will be underneath the vast
road works in their proposal.
* I hugely dislike the concept of bullying, and am aware that the Government is trying to stamp out such behaviour in the Commons. Developers who make elderly ladies cry at their public meetings, and families move away are no more than bullies. They came to our community over 2 years ago announcing that they were working for the Government, and that they intended to take away our quiet and peaceful rural life to build a warehouse park and attached rail freight depot. This prospective development company under the leadership of James Digby hails from Bristol, and has no care or interest for our way of life. They have not taken into consideration any local views and opinions, and the consultation process has been farcical.
I feel violated by Ashfield Land, and I object to this proposal in the strongest of possible terms.