1 June 2020
Cambridge Green Party welcome the publication of the Cam Valley Forum report ‘Let it Flow!’. The report outlines the steps that need to be taken to protect our local rivers and the internationally important chalk stream ecology they support.
The pandemic has made access to an assured water supply more important than ever as the need for regular hand washing and top quality public hygiene increases our everyday use. Jeremy Caddick, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, said urgent action was required of the local councils:
“The state of our rivers is a wake up call. We are already taking too much water from the chalk aquifers around Cambridge, yet there are plans for thousands of new homes in the area in the coming years. We call on the local planning authorities to not approve any new developments that will increase the abstraction of water.”
Additionally, the national lockdown has emphasised the value of green spaces and wildlife. Local resident and environmental campaigner, Sue Wells adds, ‘People often don’t realise that the brooks that flow into the Cam (such as Hobsons Conduit and Cherry Hinton Brook) are chalk streams. These rare and special habitats are vital for animals such as water voles, kingfishers, and damselflies, and the current low water levels and flow are putting wildlife under great stress.'
The Let It Flow report can be found here: https://camvalleyforum.uk/blog/