Azara Blog: Lib Dems want to dump Cambridge sewage works on someone else

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Date published: 2006/07/24

The Cambridge Evening News says:

Controversial plans to move Milton sewage works to a treasured beauty spot are "likely to go ahead" according to a leading councillor.

Cambridgeshire County Council is currently considering a proposal to relocate the waste water treatment works to Honey Hill.

Hundreds of villagers in the nearby villages of Teversham, Horningsea, Fen Ditton and Quy have written letters and signed petitions demanding the plans are scrapped. The idea has also received short shrift from councillors.

Coun Sian Reid, Cambridge City Council's executive councillor for planning and transport, backed the move as she defended plans for new developments on the northern fringe and east Cambridge.

Coun Reid said: "I recently visited an ex-sewage works site in Germany and it was one of the most delightful mixed development sites. It filled me with positive aspirations for that site.

"I have braved a meeting with the residents of south Cambridge at Fen Ditton. There is a strong chance it will be going ahead. "It will come to the environment scrutiny committee who have a chance to talk about it in depth."

Coun Reid made her comments in response to Labour Coun Kevin Blencowe's claim that the cost of moving the waste water treatment works would be too great.

He said: "The costs of relocating the sewage works have gone up and up and make it unlikely in my opinion that it will ever come about. If we are going to meet the figures in the Local Plan, should we be basing housing provision on clearly dubious sites.

"The site identified near Fen Ditton and Horningsea is highly contentious and some might say 'not over my dead body'. The cost is £100 million. Someone has got to pay it, whether that's the taxpayer or somebody else."

Blencowe is of course correct. Unfortunately this whole episode is just the latest breath-taking arrogance from the Cambridge Lib Dem ruling elite. The whole idea is just a classic attempt by a powerful group (the residents of Cambridge) to dump their problems on somebody else, with no compensation. If Reid thinks sewage works are so great, perhaps Cambridge should relocate its sewage works within the Cambridge city boundary. There is a perfect location (plenty of land) right next to Millington Road, where Reid lives. Let's see how the rich residents of Newnham respond to that kind of proposal. Reid herself would no doubt find plenty of reasons why that would be a bad idea, in spite of the "delightful" "ex-sewage works site in Germany".

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