West Midlands Interchange
July 7, 2017
Administrator

WEST MIDLANDS INTERCHANGE

We have just had notification that there will be a series of events to discuss the proposals with the developers to build the 'freight hub' at Four Ashes:

Tuesday 11 July from 3pm to 8pm at Calf Heath Village Hall, Straight Mile Calf Heath

Wednesday 12 July from 2pm to 7pm at Brewood Jubilee Hall

Thursday 20 July from 3pm to 8pm at the Haling Dene Centre Penkridge

Friday 21 July from 2pm to 7pm at Calf Heath Village Hall, Straight Mile, Calf Heath

Saturday 22 July from 10am to 2pm at Coven Memorial Hall

There is also a website at:

www.westmidlandsinterchange.co.uk

Update on July 18, 2017 by Registered CommenterAdministrator

Here is a link to the document library for West Midlands Interchange

http://www.westmidlandsinterchange.co.uk/document-library/ 

Update on August 1, 2017 by Registered CommenterAdministrator

The Parish Council unanamously resolved to oppose the West Midlands Interchange. Here is the feedback that was sent:

Feedback for West Midlands Interchange

At its meeting held on 27 July 2017, Brewood and Coven Parish Council resolved to object to the above proposed developments for the following reasons:

Having studied the consultation documents the Parish Council would like to make the following comments:

 Site Suitability

With regard to the suitability of the Four Ashes site for a strategic rail freight interchange, this Parish Council does not believe that an alternative site assessment has been comprehensively investigated.

 Green Belt Considerations

With regard to the National Policy Framework, very special circumstances have not been demonstrated in our opinion. We are concerned about the impact on our residents and on our Green Belt.

Cultural Heritage

The effects of the proposed West Midlands Interchange on the cultural heritage (above ground) have not been fully explored and we are concerned about the impact on our residents.

 Ecology and Nature Conservation

The effects of the proposed West Midlands Interchange on ecology and nature conservation have not been fully explored and we are concerned about the impact on our residents.

 Air Quality and Carbon Emissions

The effects of the proposed West Midlands Interchange on air quality and carbon emissions have not been fully investigated and we are concerned about the impact on our residents.

Landscape and Visual Impact

The effects of the proposed West Midlands Interchange on the landscape and the visual impact it may have has not been fully investigated and we are concerned about the impact on our residents.

 Socio-Economic

In relation to employment impacts of the development, the reasoning outlined in the documentation has not been adequately demonstrated. The information given does not correlate with the South Staffordshire Locality Profile 2017.

 Transport Networks

The information given is subjective and is not supported by up to date figures.

 Noise

The information given is subjective.

 Consultation Period

Although the consultation period runs between 5th July and 30th August 2017, the actual window of opportunity for local residents and businesses to explore the huge impact of this proposal with presenters of the exhibitions was restricted to an 11 day period only. (11th July to 22nd July). On behalf of our electorate, we consider this wholly inadequate for such a major development. Those Parish Councillors who were able to attend the exhibitions felt their questions to the presenters were unanswered or responses were lacking in knowledge or detail.

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