Villagers oppose truck stop plans

Orton villagers who oppose plans for a 200-truck lorry park less than a mile from their village
Orton villagers who oppose plans for a 200-truck lorry park less than a mile from their village

Pollution, prostitution, drug dealing, congestion and the destruction of beautiful countryside are just some of a long list of objections to a truck stop for more than 200 lorries.

Parish councils and neighbours have bombarded Kettering Council with objections to the plan for a 24-hour facility near Rothwell.

Despite admitting the plan conflicts with six policies in four strategic documents, planning officials have recommended councillors approve the plans at a meeting next Tuesday.

Stephen Chester, chairman of the “No to Lorry Park” action group, said: “It will destroy our quality of life. We shall never have any sleep.

“The lorries will be coming all day and night.”

Developer Rothwell Land Ltd wants to transform the fields to the south of the A14 at Junction 3, which are used by grazing horses, into a secure park for 204 HGVs.

Plans include a 900 square meeting amenity block with canteen, toilets, showers, bar, shop, laundry room and recreation facilities.

Rothwell Town Council, Cransley Parish Council, Orton Parish Council, Harrington Parish Council and Loddington Parish Council all strongly object to the plans.

They say existing rat runs through Loddington and Cransley will get worse and the noise and light pollution will be unbearable.

Neighbours have sent 15 letters to the council listing more than 70 reasons against the development.

Thorpe Malsor Parish Council has said the park will encourage “illegal immigrants, drug dealing, prostitution and anti-social behaviour” in and around Rothwell.

But the police, the highways authority, and business groups support the plans, saying a truck stop on the A14 is desperately needed.

Mr Chester, who is also chairman of Orton Parish Meeting, promised strong opposition at the meeting, at Kettering Council Offices at 7pm.

He said: “There will be a lot of people there. We will counter their arguments.”