Jersey

Jersey residents concerned over freight warehouse plan

People living near a planned freight warehouse are concerned it will ruin their view.

Construction of the new warehouse at Elizabeth Harbour is due to start at the end of 2014.

Myra Shacklady from the Ports of Jersey said it would be better than the small cabins there now.

Resident Sara Davis said the warehouse would block her view of the harbour completely. She said it had taken a while to get her concerns heard.

She said: "Nobody can object to what they are trying to do, sometimes the speed those lorries do when driving up to the roundabout is unacceptable so any reduction in the number of movements is welcome.

"However, it is the way they are trying to do it and the overbearing aspect of the buildings on Harbour Reach that I object to."

'Expensive and stressful'

Ms Shacklady said the new warehouse meant there would be 20,000 fewer lorry journeys around New North Quay in St Helier.

She said: "We listened to people's comments, we worked with the logistics company and with planning and we made some changes.

"We have changed the roof sloping and will have a canopy over the top for soundproofing. I think it will look nicer overlooking one warehouse rather than 100 trailers."

Ms Davis said she had endured an expensive and stressful six-year battle to try to change plans for the building.

She said she was devastated when she found out the application had been approved.

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