Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 14 December 2018
From Richard O`Shaughnessy


It simply beggars belief that Ashfield Land consider it suitable to build a massive Rail Freight terminal, close to the residential villages of Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

The thought of having this on my doorstep just doesn`t bear thinking of. I am in my seventies and have lived with my wife, in our delightful stone cottage in Milton Malsor for over 20 years. Having this proposed SRFI would make life unbearable for us.

It goes without saying I strongly object to this outrageous proposal on the grounds of:

1) The destruction of the local footpath network. In particular, the footpath over beautiful open countryside with lovely views, between Milton Malsor and Blisworth, on which, I frequently enjoy riding my bike, as well as, walking our dog. This I will no longer be able to do, thus taking away my enjoyment of living in the countryside. The idea of diverting this particular footpath along the very busy Northampton Road, is both unrealistic and absurd.

2) The increase in air pollution this proposed SRFI will generate, due to the thousands of additional daily vehicle movements will be dreadful. This is very worrying, as the Air Pollution by Nitric Oxide and Diesel Particulate lorry and machinery emissions will directly my health, as well as, for other residents in the village. Air Pollution remains a national issue, and there is little prospect in the immediate future of HGV`s being powered by electricity.

3) What is more, the noise and light pollution generated from such an operation working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, would be devastating making life intolerable.

4) I also strongly object to this proposal due to it being contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. Besides there is already the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal nearby, so there is no need, for this unwanted and unnecessary developer driven Rail Central SRFI.