THE battle to mitigate the impact of the Redditch Eastern Gateway is set to continue into 2020.
The site, originally branded a ‘game changer’ was designed to bring hi-tech jobs to Redditch and was marketed at MIPIM in France – the European property expo.
However the year begins with an as yet unknown major distributor set to take over the northern half of the site, which sits in Bromsgrove District.
This features a massive warehouse complex with docking bays for 121 heavy goods vehicles, parking for 127 more, 475 car park spaces and even three bus stops.
It is expected that its ‘Amazon-like’ tenant will be be announced shortly.
Meanwhile work to widen Junction 3 of the M42 to allow for the expected increase in traffic from the site has been completed.
Despite this villages lying along the A435 south, like Studley, Coughton and Kings Coughton are now braced for a major increase in HGV traffic, despite the promise of ANPR cameras to monitor juggernauts from the Gateway site not using the designated routes.
Residents in Winyates Green are also unhappy about the amount of noise and light pollution likely from the site.
Campaigner Len Quartly has said: “They seemed to take no notice of the fact the junction will be 100 metres from Winyates Green residents.
“It will be traffic light controlled so there will be HGVs stopping and starting there – the noise, the air pollution, the light pollution, 24 hours a day.”
He added that approval meant ancient hedgerows would be ripped out, centuries old trees axed and Blacksoil Brook, the boundary between Bromsgrove and Stratford Districts, re-routed.
The traffic routing strategy, which has been rubber stamped by Stratford District Council will send the bulk of HGVs from the Gateway north on the A435 to Junction 3 of the M42, but will also see a fair percentage travel south through the Redditch road network, up Rough Hill Drive then down the A448 at Crabbs Cross island past Studley to rejoin the A435 at Spernall.