Today is the day when the planning committee will decide on the proposal to damage an important wildlife site on the edge of Ely (see previous blogs). Very surprisingly, the Planning Officer has recommended that the plan should be approved despite the weight of local objection and informed nature conservation objection.
Maybe it’s because the Planning Officer has swallowed the impact assessment done by the developers. In which case, meet the otter, or at least one of them, that will be affected by building a boathouse complex within feet of where this video was filmed on 2 May at 01:02.
Rumour has it that there is a mutiny of academics in the offing. We’ll see.
I’ve just received a letter from the Downing College Cambridge Alumni and Development department. I will return their form, with no money, asking my College what they have done to prevent the University going ahead with this damaging development.
The student newspaper, known wittily as The Cambridge Student, has featured the case recently. Note the scale of the development.
Dick Pryce-Jones was at Peterhouse as an undergraduate and read Geography (’nuff said). He has been the Executive Secretary of the Cambridge University Boat Club for the past 12 University Boat Races during which time the score is Oxford 8: Cambridge 4.