Closing arguments at SIFE public inquiry expected Thursday afternoon

The second week of the public inquiry into SIFE ended yesterday with cross-examination of the final witness for the appellant.

An artist's impression of the westernmost of three intermodal freight warehouses planned for Colnbrook.

An artist’s impression of the westernmost of three intermodal freight warehouses planned for Colnbrook.

The public inquiry into the Slough International Freight Exchange (SIFE) is nearing the end, with just two days scheduled next week before it formally closes.

Yesterday saw the Goodman bring forward its last witnesss, Nigel Downes, who addressed Transport and Highways issues.  With a Statement of Common Ground already agreed between Goodman and Slough Borough Council it was left to Colnbrook and Iver Parish Councils and the Colne Valley Park to cross-examine.

Next week will commence on Tuesday at 10am when the whole day will be given over to discussion of conditions that might be imposed should SIFE get the go ahead, along with the Section 106 Agreements – where the parties appeared to be at odds early in the inquiry.

The inquiry will not sit on Wednesday but Thursday is set aside for closing statements from both barristers from 1pm to 5pm.

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