Leader vows to stop rail freight plan in its tracks

Cllr Hall said it would be an ‘ab­so­lute night­mare’

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS DAW­SON ni­cholas.daw­son@reach­plc.com

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

Pic­ture: Google Street View

Plans for a rail hub, in­dus­trial es­tate and new junc­tion for M69 near Burbage and Hinck­ley.

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