Obviously, you know all about the Blisworth Tunnel and the Grand Union Canal, the railway is right by the side of the canal and proposed development is so huge that it will be like a giant inland port akin to Dover if constructed; the warehousing will back right onto the canal’s towpath.
As I’m sure you know, much work has been done to tidy up that stretch and make it a really pleasant place to walk as well as visit on the canal. We also have a great deal of visitors heading to and from Stoke Bruerne.
Day trips, trips through the tunnel and holidays (a company even runs services from the village of Blisworth) are all gaining in popularity and to have a noisy, polluting, monstrosity like that alongside the canal would surely damage the ecosystem, wildlife and ultimately, stop people visiting this valuable piece of our heritage.
To add insult to injury, a further Strategic Rail Freight Interchange is threatened, this time at the village of Collingtree adjoining Milton Malsor, on the same stretch of railway. It is possible that both sites will go ahead. If this happens, we truly believe that all three villages will be lost and the canal and rail heritage, dating from the inception of the Industrial Revolution, will be destroyed.
I wanted to raise your awareness. If you were able to perhaps highlight the situation in your publication, that would be wonderful.