Save Honey Hill Group

Our local free amphitheatre for watching
the silent regional manoeuvring of clouds,
the molten kinetics of sunsets,.
dew’s disappearance after dawn …,
for hearing
the arrival of long distance breezes
and for sizing up the sky.

 

Save Honey Hill is a community group formed to reject the proposal to relocate the Cambridge sewage treatment works from Milton to Honey Hill, a beautiful unspoilt, quality green field and arable site and the entry point to Wicken Fen. Honey Hill is in Green Belt land which forms part of an essential green lung around Cambridge.

The sewage works relocation is driven by the Cambridge City and South Cambs District Council’s North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (NECAAP) to build 5,600 houses and office space on the current sewage works site.

The Save Honey Hill Group comprises a diverse group of residents from four villages (Horningsea, Fen Ditton, Teversham and Quy).  We feel passionately that this planned relocation is inherently wrong and unnecessary and we aim to challenge the proposed relocation while in parallel identify issues for mitigation, to lessen the adverse effect the relocation would have on all our lives, should it go ahead.

The consequences of this relocation have far-reaching implications for all:

  • Cambridge Green Belt land, so precious and vulnerable at this time, will be lost forever and the Wicken Fen Vision (National Trust) will be severely compromised.

  • The relocated sewage works will signal the first industrial development north of this section of the A14 and make the Green Belt vulnerable to further exploitation.

  • The impact will be immense.  Numerous structures will dominate the skyline, including at least two digester towers, up to 26 metres high.1

  • There will be an estimated 140 HGV sludge lorry movements entering and exiting the site daily, clogging our already busy local roads, adding to air pollution and compromising safety.

According to Magic Maps (DEFRA), HH is an area of high risk to groundwater contamination.  It sits on a Principal Chalk Aquifer.2

Honey Hill is in the Green Belt which should not be built on unless it is absolutely unavoidable – Anglian Water has said that the move is not operationally necessary3. They upgraded the existing plant in 2015 to future proof it until 20504.  Building here will arguably set a precedent for more development in the future.

 

  1. Anglian Water’s Stage 3 Report, section 2.3.83 []
  2. Magic Maps (DEFRA []
  3. letter from Environment Agency 22 March 2019 “NECAAP Issues and Options Consultation” []
  4. “Upgrade for Anglian Water’s Cambridge Recycling plant” []