Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

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Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1

Received 18 February 2020
From John Mccann


I am concerned the Lodway Farm construction compound is the not the best option for the planned works. My home and garden backs onto this land. I feel the possible 24hr, 7 day a week works will impact on myself and family life and health. The noise and light pollution, dirt and dust will I feel affect the health and wellbeing of local residents. Also the planned routes for lorries and workers arriving at all hours will be too much for our local residential streets. Many of which are used by school children walking to and from school. But these streets have no pavements and poor street lighting. I feel the other options would be more suitable. Especially the proposed use of the Bristol Port coal yard. This yard is no longer used for coal but does have access for cargo trains and HGV's to the local industrialised road network and motorway. Also a weigh bridge for keeping track of lorry weights. Plus the Bristol Port company have experience of loading and unloading bulk and heavy cargoes to and from trains and lorries. With all the method statements, policies, procedures, experienced personnel and machinery already in place. Hopefully the needs and profits of the local industry, Bristol Port company and Plasterboard company are not being put ahead of the local residents in the area. As I believe a joint venture between these two companies for major works to build new buildings on the coal yard is in hand. Plus the Port is I believe struggling for space on its land due to major demands from its customers. Hopefully these factors will not put pressure on council planners into deciding the Lodway compand is the easy option.