Waters helps save Grantchester Meadows
Pink Floyd co-founder joins fight
against development on song's namesake
Roger Waters has
joined the fight to keep developers from building on Grantchester
Meadows in Cambridge. Waters' song "Grantchester Meadows"
from Floyd's "Ummagumma"
(1969) has made the 250-acre site especially famous among fans of
hope to construct 1,000 houses on a mile-long strip of land along
the edge of the meadows.
begin alongside Cambridge University and cover three miles south.
They're one mile wide.
very happy to help if the campaigners feel that I can," Waters
said in a Guardian article June 30. "I spent many, many happy
hours fishing for roach with a bamboo rod and a piece of bread in
that bit of the river Cam. I have powerful memories of the warmth
of summer mud oozing up between my toes. That time turned out to
be creatively important for me — my work is colored to a certain
extent by the sound of natural history.
need to be housed. It's very difficult for young people. Developments
in rural areas are, I suppose, inevitable. But I think when beauty
of this level is the question, it should not be disturbed."
planners are struggling to find space for 15,000 new houses, a directive
from deputy prime minister John Prescott that might
require loosening environmental restrictions.
believe development will detract from the space's natural beauty.
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition against the proposal,
including physicist and author Stephen Hawking.
It's Hawking's voice synthesizer that's heard on "Keep Talking"
from the Floyd's post-Waters album "The
Division Bell" (1994).
regarding construction are expected later this year.
Floyd guitarist David Gilmour
was in the news recently for his multi-million dollar donation to
the Crisis charity to help build housing for the homeless and working
class — albeit in the heart of London.
Paul Cane and Cambridge
June 30, 2003)
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