Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 14 December 2018
From Mrs Pam O`Shaughnessy


I love living in our stone cottage together with my husband in Milton Malsor, and have done, for over 20 years. The thought of having this dreadful SRFI on my door stop is horrifying. We are in our seventies, and we want to continue living in [Redacted) for ever.

Quite frankly this is the wrong place for an SRFI "shoe horned" in between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages, both conservation areas, close by to residents. In any case, this proposed SRFI is clearly contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy, so I strongly object to this proposal on these grounds alone. Besides, the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal is nearby on junction 18 on the M1, where planning permission, has been granted for logistics space and for a new rail terminal. Therefore, there is no need or requirement for this proposed developer driven Rail Central SRFI.

I also strongly object to this proposed SRFI for the following reasons:

a) The increase in air pollution generated, due to the thousands of additional daily vehicle movements will be appalling. 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, and of course, for other residents in the locality. Air Pollution is a national issue,

b) The noise which will be generated by the 24/7 operation of the rail terminal including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, as well as, the light and noise pollution from night time operations would make my life unbearable.

c) All the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside that provides a haven for wildlife. With an SRFI all of this would be totally lost to the area. Furthermore, there would be a loss of valuable farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it.