A NEW bypass linking the A38 to a £250 million rail exchange set to be built in South Derbyshire is needed to lessen the impact on surrounding villages, councillors have said.
Members of Repton Parish Council are to take the suggestion to Derbyshire County Council and are calling on other parishes to back their calls.
The plan to build the six million sq ft rail exchange at Egginton and Etwall Common is expected to be the biggest planning application in the history of South Derbyshire.
It could create up to 7,000 jobs, providing a huge boost to the region’s economy, but there has been plenty of murmurs of discontent from neighbouring villages regarding the impact the plan will have on them.
Lisa Brown, chairman of Egginton Parish Council, raised concerns about increased lighting and the prospect of crime due to valuable goods that would be on site.
Now councillors in Repton have said the plan is not viable without a relief road to take the stain off surrounding areas.
At the parish council’s latest public meeting, chairman John Shortt told members: “It’s great for people who want jobs and it’s great for the area. But when this thing gets up and running it is going to bring a lot more traffic to this area.
“I think the time has come to put some pressure on to get a relief road. It will benefit people who want to go to work, people in the village and the whole South Derbyshire economy.”