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A community choir from two Cambridgeshire villages has released a comedy song protesting the relocation of the city’s sewage works to Honey Hill, a beauty spot in the Green Belt.

"It’s Crap" was written by comic songwriter, Liz Cotton, for the Save Honey Hill campaign and features a choir of residents of all ages. She penned the music and lyrics after learning that Anglian Water planned to relocate its current sewage works at Milton to Honey Hill in Horningsea so that Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District council can oversee a new housing development on the brownfield site.

Warning: the song does contain some mild swearing.

The brownfield land left behind after the sewage works is removed will be sold to developers for housing as part of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (NECAAP).

Liz Cotton, songwriter of It's Crap, said: “So many people, young and old, gave up their time for the recording and sang with such feeling. It sounds amazing. The song is our way of sharing the story with a wider audience. ”

The music video is part of the villagers’ Save Honey Hill campaign, active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as its own website savehoneyhill.org. Anglian Water will be submitting its application later this year to the government’s Planning Inspectorate for permission to move the sewage plant to the new site . The Phase Three Consultation draws to a close on 27 April.

The Save Honey Hill Choir singing their comedy song "It's Crap" to highlight their campaign against a sewage works being moved to Green Belt land on their doorstep. (56193789)
The Save Honey Hill Choir singing their comedy song "It's Crap" to highlight their campaign against a sewage works being moved to Green Belt land on their doorstep. (56193789)

The existing sewage plant at Milton was upgraded in 2015 and future-proofed till 2050, and Anglian Water admits there is no operational need to move the plant.

Campaigners warn the sewage plant will be bigger than Wembley Stadium and floodlit and there will be multiple sewage digester towers, over 20 metres high. Once operational, an estimated 140 HGV sludge lorries will enter and exit the site daily along a busy local road.

Honey Hill. Pic: Peter Halford. (56192754)
Honey Hill. Pic: Peter Halford. (56192754)

Horningsea villager Chris Lindley said: "“The song is brilliant and very funny and we hope it reaches lots of people and that they take a look at what is happening. It was actually quite emotional for us all to come together in the church and sing together as a community.”

The music video is part of the vibrant Save Honey Hill campaign, which is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as its own website savehoneyhill.org. Anglian Water will be submitting its application later this year to the government’s Planning Inspectorate. The Phase Three Consultation draws to a close on April 27.



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