Rail hub up for council discussion

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COUNCILLORS will tonight be urged to make a u-turn over their decision to make Deeping St Nicholas the preferred site for a rail freight hub.

Campaigner Jocelyn Kedzlie will address South Holland District Council after meeting the 850-signature benchmark on a petition to force a debate on the issue.

Mrs Kedzlie, of RAIL (Rally Against Industrialisation of our Landscape), submitted the petition which stated: “We, the undersigned, want South Holland District Council to reverse the decision in the selection of the Deeping St Nicholas site as the preferred option for the Spalding Rail Freight Interchange.”

She will be given five minutes to present the petition before the 30-minute debate is opened at the full council meeting.

The freight interchange would see food manufacturing firms bring their produce in and out of the district by rail instead of road.

Campaigners argue the council has pre-judged any possible future planning application and left them with a “blight”.

After the debate councillors must decide whether to take action or not, or to commission further investigation into the matter.