Is the SIFE proposal good or bad for Colnbrook?

Colnbrook Views Forums BURNING ISSUES Slough International Freight Exchange (SIFE) Is the SIFE proposal good or bad for Colnbrook?

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    The proposed Slough International Freight Exchange will have a huge impact on Colnbrook, that is undeniable. But will that be good or bad?


    – SIFE will create 3,000 new local jobs at a time when the cuts are biting hardest

    – SIFE will support the UK’s green efforts to get freight off roads and onto rail

    – SIFE will provide much needed facilities for HGVs and trailers


    – SIFE will see over 3,000 additional HGV movements a day on already congested roads

    – SIFE will see the loss of the Strategic Gap – the last major piece of Green Belt separating Slough from London

    – SIFE will be primarily road to road distribution so a needless land grab using fake environmental credentials

    What do YOU think?

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    Whatever the pros and cons of this proposed development happen to be, we have to consider one very important feature.

    The Secretary of State has already indicated that Colnbrook was a better site than Radlett. This statement was made at a stage of the Radlett Appeal, and was before Goodman had submitted their planning application. This has made the decision by SBC Planning Committee very difficult. If they refuse the application then Goodman will appeal the decision, and the appeal will be ajudicated by an Inspector making the decision on behalf of the Secretary of State (who has already indicate his preference).

    If an appeal is launched, then SBC will have enter into an expensive justification of their decision to refuse, when all and sundry already know what the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles will decide.

    If ever a statement of ‘You are damned if you do or damned in you dont’ was true thaen this is the major example. Democracy in the most shameful guise!

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