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Council ready for next stage of Rail Freight Interchange scrutiny
A robust plan, which will ensure that Blaby District Council is fully prepared for the crucial next stage of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange (HNRFI) proposals, has been agreed by Councillors.
In light of significant concerns from residents and stakeholders the plan sets out how the council will be involved in the process, and also commits significant resource to this significant project. More »
Blaby District Council is a statutory consultee with a crucial role to play in the examination process but will not be deciding the application. Due to the size of the proposed development it is classed as a "Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project" and any decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport.
The Full Council meeting on 05 April saw Councillors commit £100,000 towards any specialist consultants required to assist the Council on key matters within the application.
As the application is decided by the Secretary of State, Blaby District Council receives no application fee despite the significant work required. The Council will attempt to recoup these costs back from the developer to minimise the burden on taxpayers.
With some parts of the process giving the Council a short time to respond, Councillors also approved plans to ensure that a 'HNRFI Member Reference Group' is set up. This group will meet at short notice to discuss some of the responses and will be open to all Councillors to attend.
It was also agreed that some other responses will be submitted by Officers in liaison with the Portfolio Holder for Planning Delivery and Enforcement and Corporate Transformation, due to the short timescales.
Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: "We are now entering a very important set of stages for this proposed development and we will be publishing our technical consultation response very soon.
"This proposal, if approved, would have a significant impact for the residents in the surrounding area. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that our views and feedback is given, that our representations are made within the timescales we will be set and that we will have access to all the technical advice we require.
"Our work needs to be thorough and on time and this commitment, approved by Full Council, highlights that we are ready to put significant resources and energy into getting the best outcome for local people."
The Council's formal consultation response will be published and available for residents to view within the next week. » Less
Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 09:33 by Josie Blackburn
Please see the full response to the HNRFI consultation from Sapcote Parish Council
Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 09:30 by Josie Blackburn
Please see the email below received from National Highways
NOTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE WORKS A5 Smockington to Bittesby
I am writing to let you know that we will be carrying out essential drainage work on the A5 carriageway, between Smockington and Bittesby, this important work will help improve the resilience of our network against any potential flooding.
During our scheme of work, we will: More »
• excavate and replace damaged drains and headwalls
• jet chambers and gullies
• replace existing post and rail fence behind a lay-by with a 2.4m high weld mesh fencing
• clear vegetation and rubbish from existing ditches and install new filter drains
• replace litter bin with 3 new litter bins
• regrade the existing ditches
When will the work take place?
Our work is due to start 14 February 2022 and is scheduled for completion by early April 2022. To keep our programme for these works as short as possible and to minimise disruption to the local community, residents, businesses, and road users, we will work between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday. Please note that all our planned roadworks may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
How will the work affect traffic?
To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and customers, we will close A5 carriageway in both directions. During these full road closures, we will put in place signed diversion routes which have been agreed with the Local Authority. All carriageways will be open as usual outside of our working times. Diversion routes are available on request, from our Public Liaison Officer.
Contact us If you have any questions about this scheme, please contact our Public Liaison Officer as follows:
• Email: EMcomms@amey.co.uk
Alternatively, you can also contact our Customer Contact Centre:
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Telephone: 0300 123 5000
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. » Less
Posted: Mon, 07 Feb 2022 10:26 by Josie Blackburn