DIRFT promise 9,000 new jobs

UP to 9,000 new jobs are set to be created as part of a major expansion of DIRFT site.

ProLogis, which runs the site, unveiled plans which could see up to 714,000 square metres of warehouses complete with a freight rail link.

It would be next to the planned redevelopment of the Rugby Radio Station site which could see up to 6,000 new homes.

Robin Woodbridge, first vice president for development at ProLogis, said: “Our vision for the expansion of DIRFT represents a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the local economy, creating up to 9,000 new jobs while simultaneously reducing the amount of carbon produced by transporting the goods and products that we all rely on.”

The project has met with some opposition from villages near the site.

Rob Chamberlain, chairman of Kilsby Parish Council, said: “The HGV traffic in Kilsby is 18 per cent, which is twice the national average. When DIRFT II is finished and if DIRFT III gets the go-ahead, Kilsby will be drowned in lorries. They won’t just come from the motorway, but from the A45, A428 and A361.

“The pleasant English green countryside we have in Kilsby will be destroyed forever because of the massive sheds and lorries.”

The first public exhibition of the plan will take place at Lilbourne Village Hall on Thursday, February 10 between 2pm and 8pm.

The following day the exhibition will go to the Holiday Inn at Crick from noon to 8pm then to Kilsby Village Hall on Tuesday February 15 from 4pm to 8pm. Barby Village Hall will host the final exhibition on Thursday, February 17 between 4pm and 8pm.

For more information, visit www.dirftIII.com or contact 0845 543 8967.