Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 28 December 2018
From Brian Ash

Representation

I strongly object to this development for the following reasons:
1) The present road and rail infrastructure is already reaching its usable capacity and any increase will lead to severe congestion. Therefore to cope with the intended increase further potential development in these areas will lead to spiralling pollution and disruption and further reduce available land for crop production.
2) The desecration of the farm land lost is beyond description. The proposed development and infrastructure needed to support it would not only seriously affect the wildlife present but would destroy many acres of arable land from which a degree of food production may be needed in the future after Brexit!
3) Further warehousing is not needed given that the DIRFT complex is approximately 18 miles away by junction 18 of the M1, and the continuing development of “speculative” storage facilities between junctions 15-16 of the motorway (M1) and Northampton.
4) The potential increase in pollution especially around the M1 J15 and M1 J15A and the surrounding road systems due to increased vehicle activity especially during the construction, development and then the operational stage of the proposed development. The pollution levels at present appear to be extremely high as often observed by palls of blue/grey haze over the junctions.
5) Pollution is not just restricted to vehicle exhaust. During the lifetime of this proposed development (from construction to and during the 24/7 operation) there will be increases in light, noise and on-going air contamination which will affect the surrounding areas not just the road systems.
6) As with many similar developments, reported increases in the crime rate seems to result (DIRFT has experienced a 176% increase since 2000/01). The potential for this is a major concern for all the surrounding communities especially for those adjacent to the propose development.
7) Why do we need another (if any) extra warehousing given that "Northampton GATEWAY" is already in planning! Hopefully this will be rejected also.