Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 10 December 2018
From Anthony Brinkman


I have some major concerns with the plan for the SRFI, as it will have a negative affect on a number of levels which is why I strongly object to the proposal.

The idea of an SRFI is to get HGV traffic off the roads and therefore benefit the environment, with the DIRFT interchange very close by and the DRIFT site being expanded it is very unlikely that the proposed interchange with be of significant benefit to the area.

The area where the SRFI is being proposed is an area of low unemployment which will mean that most of the workers on the site would have to commute having a negative affect on the levels of pollution.

The ensuing light and noise pollution from the site will severely affect the lives of those living and growing up in the two close by communities of Milton Malsor and Blisworth. The air pollution from the 24 hour HGV traffic will have a negative effect on the long term health of the residents of these two communities.

The proposed site will wipe out some footpaths and bridelways currently allowing the general public to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The removal of such a large area of green belt will surely affect the local wildlife.

For the reasons above I strongly object to the planned SRFI in this area and consider the notion that this is of strategic importance to be no more than a way of bypassing the local planning process