MEMBERS of the public have been told their opinions matter when it comes to a potential mammoth rail freight interchange in South Derbyshire.
Severn Trent wants to build the railhead on land flanked by the A50 and the A38 at Egginton and Etwall Common.
Speaking at an Etwall Parish Council meeting, district councillor for Egginton, Lisa Brown, went against her previous comments that there was unlikely to be a round of public consultations.
She said: “They have to have an extensive round of public consultations to start with before they even put in an application and that’s a very, very important time.
“It’s really very important for residents to be involved.”
She said the proposals were of a complex nature and different factors such as landscape, flooding and transport issues, as well as the environment, would need to be addressed.
Councillor Brown said there was a similar project to the one planned for Egginton in Doncaster, and claimed it might be useful to take it into consideration.
“To give you a further idea of what it’s like I would urge you to Google that Doncaster site,” she said.
“It’s part of the new generation of railhead distribution centres.”
The aim of the proposed site is to give the area’s biggest firms, such as Biffa, JCB and Toyota, improved facilities to transport goods by rail to cities such as Stoke-on-Trent and Derby.
Various issues have been raised about the site by residents, such as where access to the site would be from and the noise impact it would have on the area.
Councillor Brown said: “We are going to inspect the A50 and the A38 because the noise is pretty bad at the moment and it could get a bit worse.”
Once the planning application is in, it will go directly to a central planning commission which deals with major projects such as the railhead.
Councillor Brown estimated that if the site was approved it would take approximately 13 months to go through.