IT’S CRAP in the news

IT’S CRAP by The Save Honey Hill Community Choir has been covered by many local newspapers and shared widely on Twitter and Facebook since its release two weeks ago. It’s even been played on Cambridge105‘s Strummers and Dreamers show.

Our comedy protest song is against the unnecessary relocation of Cambridge’s sewage works to Honey Hill, a beautiful, unspoilt site in Cambridge’s Green Belt. The climate impact of demolishing one functioning sewage plant and building another, just 1.5 km away will be enormous.

The song was written by local resident Liz Cotton and was recorded in the village church. The music video is part of the Save Honey Hill campaign, active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Anglian Water will be submitting its application later this year to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Newspapers

Cambridge Independent – Listen to the extraordinary song from village choir fighting new Honey Hill sewage plant

Cambridgeshire Live – Save Honey Hill campaigners record song in protest of the building of a sewage plant ‘bigger than Wembley’

Ely Standard – ‘It’s Crap’ – Protest choir records song opposing new Anglian Water plant

Cambs Times – ‘It’s Crap’ – Protest choir records song opposing new Anglian Water plant

We are also included in the Planning magazine’s daily news roundup of planning matters:

Planning – Community group taps the power of comic song in battle against sewage plant relocation

Social Media

Face to Face meetings with Anglian Water on the sewage works relocation.

Anglian Water’s final Phase 3 Consultation began on 24th February and ends 27th April 2022. This consultation is your last chance to give feedback on measures which will make this sewage works bearable. It is also your chance to email Anglian Water and tell them that the

Anglian Water have been running some face to face meetings at various village halls around the villages that will be affected by relocating the Sewage Works to Green belt.

The last meeting is in Horningsea Village Hall Tues 22nd March at 15:00 – 19:00

There is no need to book a slot. Just turn up!

Anglian water staff and engineers will be on hand to answer your questions on the sewage works relocation.

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If you want some inspiration then here are some pointers on useful comments to make.

Save Honey Hill on the Jeremy Sallis show 1st February, 2022

The @jeremysallis show at 10:00 (Tues 1st) is “Causing a Stink” about the controversy in relocating (not improving) the #cambridge sewage works to #greenbelt with £237m of public money.

The Phase 3 consultation on the relocation started last week. This is the final public consultation before Anglian Water submit their Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.

Plus there’s a chance there will be a very special announcement about the Save Honey Hill group’s latest project!

Anglian Water Phase 3 consultation starts 24th February

Anglian Water have just announced the start of the phase 3 consultation on relocating the sewage works to Honey Hill, between Horningsea and Fen Ditton.

Phase 3 Consultation

Anglian Water has scheduled the Phase 3 Consultation for the 24th February to the 27th April 2022. All residents will have the chance to comment. Those comments will go to the Planning Inspectors; it is a real chance to get over to them our objections and, if the application is agreed, to lessen the effects on our communities. This is also the final consultation before Anglian Water submit their Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate.

Meetings

Anglian Water have said they will run some face to face meetings. So far they have said the following:

 

  • Wed 9th March – Online – 19:00 – 20:30
  • Tues 15th March – Main Hall, Milton Community Centre, 14:30 – 18:30
  • Wed 16th March – Fen Ditton Village Hall, 11:00 – 15:00
  • Fri 18th March – Main Hall, Quy Village Hall, 11:00 – 15:00
  • Sat 19th March – Tillage Hall, Waterbeach, 11:00 – 15:00
  • Tues 22nd March – Horningsea Village Hall, 15:00 – 19:00

 

Next steps

So look out for a leaflet from Save Honey Hill telling you what we consider are the important issues and please do complete the consultation when Anglian Water delivers their leaflets (you will be able to do it online or on their form). They will contact 10,600 properties so there is a good opportunity to make our voices heard.

As soon as the Save Honey Hill group have viewed the online consultation then we will publish guides to make it easier to comment on the consultation.

Everyone can help by completing the Consultation when Anglian Water publishes it. State your objections and let Anglian Water and the Planning Inspector know what you think must happen to make the plant less of a huge industrial blot on our landscape.

You can view the consultation now, however, as of the 24th many pages are not working. For example the interactive map does not even show the proposed sewage works site

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Honey Hill Q&A: Liz Cotton interviews travel writer Phoebe Taplin, author of Country Walks around Cambridge.

Liz Cotton interviews travel writer Phoebe Taplin, author of Country Walks around Cambridge.

LC: Phoebe, you have been writing about walks all over Great Britain for many years. What makes for a really great walk, in your opinion?

PT: You can have a great walk in all kinds of landscapes, but my favourites usually have a mix of natural and historical interest plus somewhere to stop for refreshments.

LC: Can you tell us about the Harcamlow Way and why you wanted to walk it and write about it?

PT: The Harcamlow Way is a 140-mile walk, devised in the late 1970s by Fred Matthews and Harry Bitten. The whole route, as the slightly awkward portmanteau name hints, runs from Harlow to Cambridge and back in a giant figure-of-eight. When I first moved to the area, more than a decade ago, I saw the Harcamlow marked on Ordnance Survey maps and followed it to discover the local countryside in more detail. I loved it so much I walked it all several times and, when I realised the original guidebook was long out of print, I decided to write two new ones to help celebrate and preserve the route. The walk now has some colourful figure-of-eight waymarks along the way, which were put up by the Redbridge ramblers’ group.

New waymark for the Harcamlow Way

LC: So you must have walked all around Honey Hill?

PT: Absolutely! The Harcamlow runs near the River Cam through Fen Ditton and Horningsea and through the fen to Anglesey Abbey. Then it turns south again along Quy Water and over the fields to Quy Mill before it heads off towards Fulbourn. So the route makes a big loop around Honey Hill and it’s actually one of my favourite walks: past Baits Bite Lock, Biggin Abbey and the wild areas around Quy Fen. It passes the line of Fleam Dyke, a huge earthen bank and gully that survives further south and was probably built in the seventh century to defend East Anglia from the Mercians. It’s the ditch that gave Fen Ditton its name.

Baits Bite Lock between Fen Ditton and Horningsea

LC: And what have you most enjoyed on your walks here?

PT: So many things! I love the variety of wildflowers out in the fields and fens in summer: the water lilies and forget-me-nots, meadowsweet and bedstraw, clouds of white blackthorn blossom in early spring, the hops in the hedges and carpets of golden buttercups in summer, and the sound of the skylarks singing as they rise out of the fields.

LC: Did anything surprise you?

PT: I was amazed by how beautiful the landscapes around here are. I had an image in my head of Cambridgeshire countryside as flat and monotonous, but there’s really varied scenery along the Harcamlow Way here: river and fen, ancient churches in pretty thatched villages, wide open fields and tree-shaded corners. And I was really delighted to find how rich in history these peaceful landscapes are. The idea that Horningsea was a major centre for the Roman ceramics industry, churning out big pottery storage jars, is so cool.

LC: I know you’ve also written about other nearby villages, but can you tell the reader more about why Horningsea and Fen Ditton are so popular for visitors?

Walking beside the River Cam towards Fen Ditton

PT: People who live here already know why they are popular! As well as the wildlife and the history, there are some outstanding pubs here. Step into the little whitewashed Plough and Fleece on a Thursday night and it’s full of music and song with those gleaming horse brasses over the fireplaces and big candles in the cast iron range at the front. And the garden has those rattan chairs, ringed by hawthorn, sycamore and eucalyptus trees with a view over a field of horses.
There’s some lovely food at the Crown and Punchbowl too, a few doors down. And, heading the other way, that incredible riverside garden at the Plough in Fen Ditton… and that’s even before you get to the King’s Head and the Shepherds! These have to be the best villages in Britain for a rural pub crawl. We’ve had some great family walks along the Cam: spotting dozens of different types of geese and ducks in Ditton Meadows, the cherry blossom in the churchyard and rowing boat-shaped weather vane on top of St Mary’s. And watching the real-life boats on the river, of course, training in all weathers.

LC: You must have been shocked to learn of the plan to build a sewage plant on Honey Hill?

PT: Horrified. What could they be thinking of? The landscapes around Honey Hill are so full of wildlife and so rich in history. It seems quite cynical to abuse the regulations in this way that are meant to stop people building on the green belt.

Over the fields near Horningsea

LC: Finally, where can we buy a copy of your book “Country Walks Around Cambridge”?

PT: Since the Visitor Information Centre in Cambridge closed, you can only get it on Amazon now – or in the half-timbered Tourist Info Centre by Saffron Walden’s market. I wrote in the introduction back in 2015 about this area’s sights: “windmills and watermills, landscaped gardens and wild woodland, fields of poppies or glades of snowdrops.” So often, as the old Joni Mitchell song goes: “you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone”. I want to say thank you to everyone campaigning to celebrate and protect these beautiful places.

North East Cambridge 8,000 homes plan slammed over ‘hidden green belt destruction’ Cambridge Live 14 Jan 2021

North East Cambridge 8,000 homes plan slammed over ‘hidden green belt destruction’

Cambridge Live – 14 Jan 2022

“Anglian Water is proposing to decommission the current site and build a new facility on land to the north of the A14, between Fen Ditton and Horningsea.

It was the impact of this proposed relocation that was criticised at the city council’s Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday (January 11) when the plans were discussed.

Andrew Martin, representing the Save Honey Hill campaign, argued at the meeting that it was a “disgrace” that green belt land would be destroyed.”

“The very hidden consequence of NECAAP is the destruction of a large area of green belt at Honey Hill.

“It’s a bit ironic really that we are all talking about open spaces, green spaces and all that and yet this development and this potential move of the sewage works to there will result in a million tons of concrete being poured on to this site.

“It is a fantastic area, I use it for walking my dogs, cycling and people ride horses round there, it’s a very tranquil part and it’s only four miles from Cambridge.

“So we’re here talking about green space and open space and here we are doing a great disservice by planning to actually destroy it.

“I think it is an absolute disgrace really.”

Original article

SHH response to GCP’s Local Plan: First Proposals public consultation

The public consultation run by Greater Cambridgeshire Shared Planning on the Local Plan ended on the 13th of December. The Local Plan (LP) is about all aspects of development in this area until 2041 and includes homes, jobs, biodiversity, infrastructure, wellbeing and social inclusion and climate change. The LP has been produced by Cambridge City Council and South Cambs District Council.

Save Honey Hill gave feedback to the consultation as did many groups around Cambridge.

Other organisations responses

  • Fen Ditton Parish Council
  • FeCRA
  • South Cambridgeshire Green Party
  • Cambridge Friends of the Earth

  • Hands Off Cambridge’s Green Belt

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