Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 21 December 2018
From Mrs Anita Tasker OBE


I am 89 years of age and have enjoyed living in Milton Malsor for the past 40 years. I am absolutely horrified that anyone of sound mind, seriously considers that our lovely village is suitable for the construction of a rail freight terminal with mass warehousing.

I strongly object to the Rail Central proposal on the grounds of:

a) All the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside that provides a haven for wildlife, all of which, would be totally lost to the area for evermore.

b) The loss of valuable farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it.

c) The total destruction of the footpath over the fields, in beautiful open countryside with lovely views, between Milton Malsor & Blisworth. The proposal to divert this footpath along the very busy Northampton Road is unrealistic, as it would not be enjoyable for residents due to the heavy traffic.

d) The increased traffic congestion on roads in the locality due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements a day, generated by this Rail Freight Terminal. As well as, an increase in traffic "rat running" through the small and narrow lanes in the village, when there is congestion on the M1 & A43. Which is a frequent occurrence.

e) Increased air pollution which is of great concern to me, due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements a day. Air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions, will directly affect my health, as well as for everyone else, which is very worrying.

f) The noise generated by the 24/7 operation of the rail freight terminal including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, in addition to the light and noise pollution from night time operations. All this would make life unbearable.

g) This proposal is clearly contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. Besides, the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is nearby on junction 18 on the M1, with planning permission for expansion for many years to come. So there is no need for the Rail Central Rail Freight Terminal in Milton Malsor.