Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 11 December 2018
From Patricia White


I object wholeheartedly to this application

As a resident of Blisworth, I am concerned about the following things that will impact adversely on our community

• There will be a vast increase in volumes of traffic on the surrounding national and local road networks. The M1 is already full and frequent hold-ups cause traffic chaos in all local areas. The A43 will have an increased load from such a development and is used as a detour to the inadequate A5. Towcester is not bypassed in a north south direction so the impact of M1 holdups is doubly bad.
• The local traffic is generally heavy and like other areas is particularly bad at peak times. Those who live in the village already experience difficulty with both vehicular movements and as pedestrians. I know the lorry traffic will be directed via the A43 but it is anticipated that workers from the south will try to get around the long detour required by parking in Blisworth. There is not enough capacity
• The A43 crossover junctions from Blisworth to the Towcester roundabout are dangerous because the national speed limit of 70 mph applies. Reduce this to 50 mph in both directions, enforced with speed cameras.
• The footpath between Blisworth and my family in Collingtree will be removed and the alternative far too long.
• Light pollution in the hours of darkness, air pollution throughout the day and night and likely sound pollution will all affect our locality
• Crime associated with the proximity to a massive industrial park with an unknown, unrecognisable and transient workforce will increase
• In my opinion, the concept of SRFI sites will not be fulfilled by this site. It will become yet another lorry distribution park. I am particularly concerned that there is no obligation for the tenants to use rail freight if it doesn’t suit them.
• I have many more objections that will be voiced by knowledgeable others

I have followed the path of this planning application for the past 3 years and am in full support of the submissions of the local councils and bodies who are opposed. They and other parties have expertise in areas that are beyond my knowledge and will have voiced more learned objections, which I endorse.