UPDATE - MARCH 6 2018Bescot Rail Yard is the wrong place tor Network Rail to site a new concrete sleeper factory. It will bring few, if any, jobs to the area; 24-hour opening, including outside operations from 7am to 11pm, will cause significance noise and disruption to residents and, contrary to the company’s claims, local councillors ARE opposing it.
So am I. That’s why I have written in the strongest terms to Network Rail expressing my dissatisfaction at the way this plan is being formulated, with a total disregard to the wishes of the local community.
Four thousand people have signed a petition opposing the plan and tonight they will take their case to Sandwell Council. It’s vital that four thousand voices are not just heard but, also, listened to and that Network Rail thinks again.
Read my letter to Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne below, or attached here.
THE ISSUE - JANUARY 2018
Network Rail have held a public meeting to discuss plans for a new concrete sleeper factory in Bescot.
The company intends to produce 600,000 sleepers a year - 60 per cent of Britain’s entire production - at Bescot.
While mindful of the claims that it will deliver 100 new jobs, the factory’s proximity to three schools and a housing estate, and residents fears of associated health risks, are of great concern.
As your MP, I have previously written to Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, voicing my concerns and the concerns of local people.
I will not support any proposal that leads to increased traffic, noise, dust and pollution.
You can read my initial letter here.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Sandwell Council confirm that no planning application has been received by them.
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