Leader vows to stop rail freight plan in its tracks
Cllr Hall said it would be an ‘absolute nightmare’
THE leader of the council has vowed to fight against “ridiculous” plans for a huge rail port near Hinckley.
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council leader Mike Hall said he will be doing his best to ‘stop this in its tracks’ after he went to a consultation event for the proposed National Rail Freight Interchange.
Cllr Hall was alarmed at the lack of information about traffic impact and site access and pledged an official response from the council.
He said: “Most people thought it was ridiculous and there were lots of objections to it.
“From my point of view, it would be an absolute nightmare for the area.
“We will be dedicating an officer to responding formally.
“I will also be looking at how we can feed back people’s views to the developer.”
The massive employment hub would cover 440 acres of farmland between the M69 and the Leicester to Hinckley railway line next to Burbage Common.
Cllr Hall said: “People’s main fear is that it’s not going to be used much for rail freight.
“In the plans it says there would be over 800 loading bays; that could easily cope with 15,000 lorry movements a day. “One access road isn’t going to be enough.” He was also unconvinced by the information about how the buildings would impact the area. Cllr Hall said: “When I asked about the height of the buildings the answer I had was, round about 20 metres. “It’s all going to be visible from Burbage Common. “Noise is going to be a problem” The council leader was also bemused by the choice of location, with rail freight terminals already in place in Daventry and at Hams Hall in Birmingham.
He was among more than 400 residents who turned out to look at the plans at an event at Millenium Hall in Burbage.
Cllr Hall tweeted following the event: “I was pleased to see such a good turnout last night.
“Most people share the view that such a large freight terminal, much of which will go by road, is not right for this location.
“Lots of missing or misleading information.
“I’ll be doing my best to stop this in its tracks.”
Councillor Jan Kirby, mayor of the borough, also tweeted in response about the counsultation events: “Have your say on rail freight proposal. No support for it from me!”
Feedback forms are available from the parish office in Burbage, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to noon.
No planning application has been made for the scheme yet and when it is it will go directly to the Government because of its significance.
The plans are going on display at St Francis Community Centre in Hinckley on Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10 from noon to 6pm.
Feedback can be given until December 7 either online at www. hinckleynrfi.co.uk or by emailing the consultation team at hinckleynrfi@ lexcomm.co.uk or by calling the community information line on 0844 556 3002.
There would be over 800 loading bays; that could easily cope with 15,000 lorry movements a day Cllr Mike Hall
Plans for a rail hub, industrial estate and new junction for M69 near Burbage and Hinckley.