Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 10 December 2018
From Kenneth Johnson


I strongly object to the proposed Rail Central SRFI for the following reasons:

I am in my eighties, I was born in Milton Malsor and have lived here for all my life. I am absolutely horrified Ashfield Land want to build an SRFI on land in open countryside between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages. This will result in the loss of valuable farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it. The views over what is currently mainly open countryside would be totally destroyed by massive warehouses and high earth mounds (bunding). These earth mounds would be a completely alien feature and a blot on the landscape.

Having the Rail Central SRFI squeezed in between our two villages, both conservation areas, would be devastating for residents. The significant increase in traffic movements generated by this SRFI, amounting to thousands a day, will increase the risks associated with air pollution. I am very worried about this, as air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions will be detrimental to my health. This would make my life unbearable.

The noise generated by the 24/7 operation of this SRFI would be intolerable. What with the railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, as well as the light pollution from night time operations.

Besides, this proposed SRFI is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is only a short distance away from Milton Malsor, so there is no need for proposed Rail Central SRFI.