Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 17 December 2018
From Maura Clarke


I am writing to object to the warehouse development being proposed by the Rail Central organisation.

I have been involved in the recruitment industry for over 30 years and currently the Northampton area is one of the most difficult places in the Midlands to find suitable job candidates mainly due to the low rate of unemployment in the area. Indeed HGV drivers and warehouse operatives are almost impossible to find. A particular issue with warehouse workers is the fact that a high proportion of the available jobs are on a two or three shift system which considerably restricts the candidate population.

Many local companies have to resort to recruiting labour from many miles away although as wages in places south of Northampton such as Bedford and Milton Keynes are much higher than Northampton this is mainly restricted to more northerly areas. In recent years even this market has become more difficult as potential employees would tend to travel to the Daventry Rail Freight Terminal and not further south to Northampton.

The Rail Central development with its proposed thousands of jobs would make it impossibe for businesses in the area to find sufficient labour as indeed would Rail Central.