News and Events
The latest Cam Valley Forum newsletter draws attention to pollution in the Cam. In its response to the Anglian Water DWMP Consultation, CVF has established elevated counts of indicator bacteria suggesting microbial faecal source material pollution. During data collection untreated sewage was witnessed being discharged into the Cam. The Citizen Science project collected samples from 47 sites over 16 parishes on 7 occasions over a period of 16 months, which were analysed at a specialist laboratory.
Lisa Foster, a Partner with Richard Buxton Solicitors, offered unique insights into post-Brexit legislation, specifically the The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, and the Environment Act (EA)2021, and what these mean for those involved in environmental activism and campaigning. A recording of her talk and the Q&A can be found on Friends of the Cam YouTube channel here.
Friends of the Cam fully understands the concerns of the communities of Longstanton, Swavesey and Northstowe with respect to the damage being done to important village buildings, to the drying up of local ponds and other water bodies which must be restored, and to the damage already done to the underlying aquifer and the resulting effects on trees, plants, wildlife and local farm businesses. The damage to local groundwater has been fully documented in the report by HR Wallingford commissioned by South Cambs. District Council (SCDC).
'From the Ground Up' takes Wysing’s rural context, abundant land and neighbouring Fenland (at risk due to climate change, and rich in histories of land-based struggle) as a context for thought and action about topics including land rights, ownership and access, sustainability, environmental time and crip time, growing, wildness and racial justice.
Councillors at South Cambs District Council vote to proceed with this development despite clear evidence of environmental harm.