Fears over container store

VILLAGERS are today furious at moves to create a new container storage park without putting in place previously agreed measures to protect them.Landowners are seeking approval for the early release of part of the 170 acre site set aside for a business park at Clickett Hill, Trimley St Mary.

VILLAGERS are today furious at moves to create a new container storage park without putting in place previously agreed measures to protect them.

Landowners are seeking approval for the early release of part of the 170 acre site set aside for a business park at Clickett Hill, Trimley St Mary.

But while they want to be allowed to use part of the land earlier than planned for storing containers, they don't want to have to carry out landscaping.

They also want a relaxation of noise restrictions, to stack containers higher than planned, and longer to build giant earth embankments to screen the project.


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In addition, Trinity College, Cambridge, is asking Suffolk Coastal District Council to allow the work without it having to improve safety at the Blofield Road-Trinity Avenue junction, where it is supposed to put traffic lights as soon development starts.

Trimley St Mary Parish Council has objected to the proposals and "totally rejects" the removal of the restrictions.

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Council chairman Richard Kerry said: "Removing some of these restrictions could be quite serious for the village - after all these measures were put in place after a lot of negotiation in order to protect the people and their rights.

"I don't think we should be talking at all about removing any of them.

"A proper plan was agreed for the development of that site, how it would be done, so light, noise and other pollution would not affect the lives of people in the village, and what uses could take place there.

"We must insist nothing is done to change that."

It is understood a growing need to store more empty containers - boxes awaiting return to the Far East to be refilled with goods for Britain - at Felixstowe port has triggered the need for an early release of land.

Clickett Hill, a sloping site north of Nicholas Road, next to the A14 Port of Felixstowe Road, is to be developed by the creation of a series of plateaux.

Only around 64 acres will actually be built on - the rest used for embankments and landscaping to hide it from view and deaden noise, the work they do not want to do at the moment. Some land will also be used for dumping soil removed to make the plateaux for building.

It is hoped the project will eventually create hundreds of jobs but planners have stressed it cannot be used simply for container storage parks.

They are insisting a large section should be used for industrial units, workshops or laboratories, or for offices, such as headquarters for major companies, and these should come first - though no deals have yet come to fruition.

There has been interest and one project being considered is an "enterprise village" to train people for careers in the shipping industry.

The aim would involve 40,000 sq ft of business centre accommodation with 40 to 55 offices, reception, conference and meeting rooms, café, business advice and training services.

No-one was available to comment today from Trinity College's agents Bidwells, who manage the university's land on the Felixstowe peninsula.

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