Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 14 December 2018
From Mrs Emma Langridge

Representation

I am against the proposed Rail freight development between Blisworth and Milton Malsor not least because this development is not strategic but rather convenient to the people who stand to make money from this. It is unnecessary and unsustainable. My view is supported by the fact we have a rail freight centre only 15 minutes away in Daventry so we do not need another so close. Also, the idea that another one is needed in the midlands does not follow the government’s plan to spread the rail freight centres out nationally.
In the 2001 Strategic Rail Authority study, I believe it stated that these interchanges were needed in the West Midlands. We are NOT the West Midlands.
WE do not need another warehouse-type development to ruin the landscape and bring low paid jobs. We already have the DIRFT facilities nearby and have too many warehouses at junction 15. We already have enough low paid jobs in Northamptonshire and not high unemployment!
In addition to this, the roads cannot be sufficiently improved to deal with the ridiculous amount of congestion this development will bring. The small roads that are between the village of Blisworth and Milton Malsor cannot be developed enough to sustain the increase in traffic
Not only will the noise and light pollution will be unacceptable, in what are already extremely busy villages, it will affect the health of many children of school age and the elderly. Northampton already struggles to be attractive. We have our beautiful villages; however, this development brings unnecessary, and unwanted, development to those. The development will ruin beautiful fields and will begin the slow and painful process of the urbanisation of these beautiful villages which will be desperately sad to see. The characteristics of these villages and surrounding areas should be preserved instead of being sacrificed for greed and commercialisation.