Isham residents vent anger at huge logistics park plans

The proposed site of the logistics park, with Weetabix in the distance.

The proposed site of the logistics park, with Weetabix in the distance.

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Isham residents vented their anger over plans for a huge logistics park at a public meeting last night (Monday).

Villagers turned out in force at the village hall to hear developer DB Symmetry’s plans for the park, which could create up to 2,800 jobs.

The proposed park would be on land between Isham and the A14 roundabout – but last night residents made it clear they did not want the site on their doorstep.

Many gave a series of passionate speeches about how the logistics park would impact on their landscape and an already-congested A509.

One said: “Isham will be gridlocked. Come peak times, it will be a total lockdown.”

Another said: “As it stands the only road for Isham is the A509 and it is chaotic.

“If you add more people, more vehicles, it’s only going to get worse. We do not want this.”

If the planned Isham bypass is built, traffic through the village will ease – but there is no sign of work starting in the near future.

DB Symmetry’s planning director Jonathan Dawes fielded questions from the public, but some residents were not satisfied with their answers.

One asked: “Are you able to guarantee that the bypass will be built by the time this opens?”

In response, Mr Dawes said that he was not. The resident said he thought it was ‘appalling’.

Another asked: “What measures are in place if the bypass does not get approved?”

Mr Dawes had no answer.

Before the meeting, Mr Dawes told the Northants Telegraph that everything he had to say could be found in the application online.

To view the plans, click here.

A decision could be made by November this year.