Anglian Water’s DCO application is imminent!

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The Save Honey Hill group

We have been working and fund-raising for nearly three years and now we have a date! Anglian Water has indicated that their Application to relocate the sewage works will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 30 January 2023.

It is not exactly a wonderful New Year’s present, but we are determined to put forward the best possible case to object to the proposal. The Planning Inspector (PI) has 28 days to review the application and decide whether to accept it for examination. He or she will publish the timetable and how to register to become an Interested Party to make a Relevant Representation (that’s the way we can state our case). The process is likely to start in March.

Thank you for the amazing support you have given us which has made it possible to get legal advice so far and more advice on our Representations once the documents are published.

You can see more about the process of a Development Consent Order (DCO) on the National Infrastructure website and we will keep you updated on our blog. We also aim to hold a General Meeting early in the year but in the meantime contact us through info@savehoneyhill.org if you have any questions.

All good wishes for Christmas and 2023.

The Save Honey Hill Cookbook

The Save Honey Hill Cookbook, full of some fantastic recipes from villagers and friends, is now on sale. The price is now £10 for one copy. Orders are very welcome and we can deliver. All profits to the Save Honey Hill campaign, against the relocation of the Cambridge Sewage works to Honey Hill, between Horningsea, Fen Ditton  and Quy. 

We still have calendars for sale at £10 each too.

For either please contact SHH. An ideal stocking filler for any of your friends or family!

Auction of Promises evening – report

The Auction of Promises took place at Horningsea Village Hall on Saturday 17th September. It was a fun evening with Richard acting as auctioneer and Catherine as his magician’s assistant. There were 68 Promises, including, a ride in a Lamborghini, river cruises with Camboats, meal for 4 at Quy Mill Hotel, tea at Scotsdales, portrait painting and much more.

Our auctioneer at work.


Due to the amazing generosity of both those who donated Promises and those who purchased them, a staggering £5,561.00 was raised for the Save Honey Hill campaign, against the relocation of the Cambridge sewage works from Cowley Road to Honey Hill, prime Greenbelt land, between the conservation villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Quy. Sincere thanks to all involved in organising and helping with the event.


Of the estimated £50,000. needed for specialist reports, legal advice and representation, approximately £33,000. has now been raised. The Save Honey Hill group is against the huge carbon footprint of the move and the use of £227 million of taxpayers’ money. Moving the sewage works less than a mile onto Greenbelt land, to allow for housing and office development on the current sewage works site at Cowley Road is difficult to justify. Anglian Water has stated that there is no operational need to move or upgrade the sewage works for another 30 years, having upgraded it in 2015.


Moving the sewage works would cause four years of traffic disruption, to build a site larger than Wembley (and flood lit ) from the ground up. Despite landscaping, the site would be highly visible with tall digester towers and would not be in keeping with our historic rural landscape.

It’s not too late to donate..

A hearing of the planning inspectorate is due to take place in quarter one of 2023. If you would like to support the group’s effort, you can donate on our Justgiving page.

Our Fundraising page has other ways you can donate.

Auction of Promises

 

There will be an Auction of Promises in Horningsea Village Hall on the 17th September in aid of the Save Honey Hill campaign against the relocation of the Cambridge Sewage Works

There are some fantastic offers available (see the list below). Tickets to attend on the night at Horningsea Village Hall are limited to 75. These cost £1.00 and attendees receive a complimentary glass of wine. So please buy them soon to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 17th September starting 7pm at Horningsea Village Hall

Tickets £1 including a glass of wine

Please contact info@savehoneyhill.org for tickets and for more information.

You can read more about why this is important on our website and the Cambridge Independent.

List of Promises (as of 15th Sept 2022 – there are 66 promises to be auctioned).

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Anglian Water post phase 3 targeted consultation – Save Honey Hill response

Following the Phase 3 Consultation on the proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant relocation to Honey Hill, Anglian Water has sent a targeted consultation to properties and groups in the area where changes to land orders might affect them, e.g Horningsea Road,  Fen Ditton and Clayhithe Road. These include traffic management at Junction 34, temporary closure of the A14 between junctions 33 (Milton roundabout) and Junction 35 at Quy and Clayhithe Road. Save Honey Hill has responded to these proposals in the document below sent to Anglian Water on 12 August 2022

Here is the response to that consultation from the Save Honey Hill group.

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Donate now to stop a crime against our planet

Right under our noses, a Crime against our environment is taking place. Anglian Water is preparing an application to move a fully-functioning sewage works less than a mile to a new location on arable farmland in the Green Belt at Honey Hill between the villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Quy. They are doing this with £227 million of public money too1. Save Honey Hill will challenge this application and need legal advice in its preparation and legal representation. Save Honey Hill need £50,000 to cover the cost of the required legal expertise.

This is our last chance to stop the relocation. Please donate whatever you can (no amount is too small):

£13k raised. £27k to go!
  1. HIF Award of £227 to unlock 9000 homes – Chancellors Autumn 2020 Statement/Spending Review p38 []

Redeclaration of the rights of the River Cam

The Save Honey Hill Community Choir was invited to sing IT’S CRAP (by Liz Cotton) at Friends of the Cam’s Redeclaration of the Rights of the Cam on Tuesday 22nd of June on the banks of the River Cam at Jesus Green, Cambridge.

It was a lovely evening. The sun was shining and many Save Honey Hill choir members attended alongside many other like minded groups from around Cambridge.

All the speeches and poems, especially those of Fiona Godlee (the former head of BMJ), a real mover and shaker in the world of climate change activism and James Boyce, author of “Imperial Mud: The Fight for the Fens” who talked about the history of the fight to restore land and river rights, echoed all our arguments. Cllr. Hannah Copley (Green Party, Abbey Ward) read her powerful poem about the climate earthquake that is coming.

Cllr Hannah Copley (Green Party, Abbey Ward) reading her poem.

Here’s the choir, with an introduction from Tony Booth of Friends of The Cam and a wonderful speech from our very eloquent Catherine explaining who we are and what we are fighting for.

The Save Honey Hill Community Choir on Cambridge 105 tonight (Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May).

SAVE HONEY HILL COMMUNITY CHOIR is on Cambridge 105 tonight. The show is Strummers and Dreamers and starts at 7pm. We  are the 7th track of the show!  

The song has had nearly 2000 hits on YouTube and lots more on Facebook! 

Feargal Sharkey and Mary Beard have tweeted about it and we have had such a great response from people across the country on twitter.  

Well done Crap choir. We’re fighting, fighting with our song! Yeah .

Save Honey Hill Response to CWWTPR Phase 3 Consultation

Anglian Water’s Phase 3 consultation to relocate Cambridge’s existing sewage treatment works to Honey Hill on Cambridge’s Green Belt ends on the 27th April, 2022. This is the final consultation before Anglian Water submits its Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate

Here is the Save Honey Hill (SHH)’s response to the consultation. Everything Save Honey Hill does is aimed at stopping the application to relocate the plant to Green Belt at Honey Hill.  However, as with the phase 2 consultation, the phase 3 consultation is all about mitigation and provides residents with an opportunity to communicate their preferences to Anglian Water around traffic and access, odour, design, carbon cost, light and noise pollution and more. 

If the application is agreed, what we say now could lessen the effects of the relocation on our communities.

The  Phase 3 Consultation began on 24th February and ended 27th April 2022.

(Read more…)

26 April 2022

Save Honey Hill Group

Members of Save Honey Hill Group welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposals in the statutory Phase Three Consultation as set out in the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation Document Library.

Save Honey Hill Group is a Community Group comprising residents from the villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea, Stow cum Quy and Teversham. The primary objective of the Group is to challenge the proposed move of the CWWTP to an area of Green Belt between the villages of Fen Ditton and Horningsea known as Honey Hill.

While we are keen to engage with Anglian Water for mitigation, should the Development Consent Order be granted, we do this without prejudice to our stated aim to stop the relocation. Our objections include the fact that there is no operational need for the sewage works to move to an area of Green Belt, having sufficient capacity on site to be able to upgrade its facilities if needed.

We welcome the fact that residents of a wider geographical area in North Cambridge have been consulted in this Phase. However, Covid 19 pandemic restrictions since Phase 1 Site Selection process have restricted full understanding and engagement for many residents. Complete loss of Internet for Horningsea residents for 10 days during the Consultation period has also prevented them accessing documents and the interactive map.

A summary of our objections is attached followed by further details and recommendations for mitigation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Starkie
Chair, Save Honey Hill Group


Our full response is available as a PDF here:

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Last few days to have your say on the sewage works relocation to Cambridge’s Green Belt

Anglian Water’s Phase 3 and final consultation on the proposed sewage works relocation ends Wednesday 27th April 2022.

Even though this is all about mitigation, then you can still go express your concerns about loss of green belt land, odour, the huge carbon footprint of the move, access to the site, traffic and visual impact in a rural setting.  Cite the response to phase 1 consultation when more than 50% of people responding opted for the plant to stay at current location.

The responses can be filled in by every single person in a household so encourage every member of your household to do it.

If you do not have time then go fill in the interactive map

  1. Fill in the consultation online
  2. Fill in the form you received in the post
  3. Use these suggestions to help with your responses
  4. Get all your household to do it too.
  5. Ask all your neighbours
  6. Ask anybody with an interest in the area
Deadline is 11:59pm Wednesday 27th April 2022.

After that, any additional questions you have time to complete will be a bonus and we have prepared some suggestions we hope will be helpful.

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Q24 – THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN OBJECT TO THE RELOCATION.
You can express your concerns about:

  • loss of green belt land
  • odour
  • the huge carbon footprint of the move
  • access to the site, traffic
  • visual impact in a rural setting. 
  • Cite the response to phase 1 consultation when more than 50% of people responding opted for the plant to stay at current location.
  • It is also where you can add any comments to influence the design and the impact of a huge industrial site on the approach from the east to historic Cambridge
  • There is no operational need to rebuild. 
  • The design does not appear to be technically better than the current plant. 
  • Add concerns over stormwater control, pollution of the aquifer, effect on the River Cam.
  • State the impact on you personally.

0808 196 1661 – info@cwwtpr.com – FREEPOST: CWWTPR. 

Don’t forget to comment on the interactive map!