Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 16 December 2018
From RogerLaurence TYLER

Representation

1. The alleged need for either one or two Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFI) in this part of Northamptonshire has not been proved when the locality is so near to the already existing Crick SRFI. One SRFI in my view is unacceptable in the Milton/Blisworth/Roade area. TWO SRFIs are totally unthinkable!
2. The local Planning Authority's views of this proposed scheme do not appear to be taken into account, the final decision due to be made at national (central government) level with no regard for local democratic procedures.
3. Just one proposed scheme covers an area equal in size to a large country town.
4. A huge increase in the number of HGV and other vehicle movements would result and cause widespread congestion and further pollution on and around already over used local roads and motorway (M1).
5. The loss of a huge area of productive farmland, unspoiled countryside and wild life habitat, would be totally unacceptable and would contravene the West Northants Joint Core Planning Strategy.
6. Loss of so many historic footpaths, bridleways and rural surroundings could be described as no less than "criminal"!
7. The effects on the local villages and farms together with the reduction in the quality of life of local village communities would be a total disaster for present and future generations.
8. Noise and light pollution levels of the SRFI (one or both) and the resulting traffic increases would be totally unacceptable to local communities.
9. Due to the limited freight paths available on local rail lines, the vast majority of rail movements are very likely to be at night, resulting in significant noise and diesel fumes, many freight trains being diesel hauled.
10. The proposals, if approved, would encourage further applications for industrial and urban development on nearby land. Consequently the local green belt would gradually (or rapidly) disappear. This would be a total disaster for this part of Northamptonshire.