Video song to oppose Leeds homes

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Campaigners are hoping to go viral in a bid to stop hundreds of new homes being built in their village.

Residents in north Leeds have penned their own song, which is set to star on YouTube, to oppose plans to build up to 200 new homes in Cookridge.

Chairman of Cookridge Residents Action Group (CRAG)  Michael Lowry has penned a song called Soggy Bottom Calypso, calling for developers to ditch their plans to build 200 homes off the Moseley Wood area in Cookridge, nicknamed Soggy Bottom because of its drainage issues.

Chairman of Cookridge Residents Action Group (CRAG) Michael Lowry has penned a song called Soggy Bottom Calypso, calling for developers to ditch their plans to build 200 homes off the Moseley Wood area in Cookridge, nicknamed Soggy Bottom because of its drainage issues.

The group are fighting the plans by developer Taylor Wimpey to build homes on Moseley Wood Bottom, which they have nicknamed Soggy Bottom.

Residents have resurrected the Cookridge Residents Action Group, which was originally formed in 1962 to oppose similar plans.

And now they are hoping that their song Soggy Bottom Calypso will go viral after they filmed it for the internet at the weekend.

Chairman of CRAG Michael Lowry is the brains behind the tune.

He said: “Moseley Bottom is now known locally as Soggy Bottom because it is a known flood area.

“We are trying to raise awareness of the fact this area is a serious flood risk.

“We would like to become a virtual sensation if only to draw in to the fact that local communities must be heard.

“We must have a voice.”

Youngsters were dressed in fancy dress animal costumes during the filming and some residents came out in wetsuits with a canoe.

Campaigners fear the development could swamp the village leaving schools over-subscribed and impact the local infrastructure.

They also claim that the site is prone to drainage problems and they are setting up a fighting fund to help their battle.

Campaigners also met with their local MP Greg Mulholland to talk about their concerns about the potential development.

Michael added: “We have had an unprecedented response to the prospect of building.”

Floral tributes at the scene.

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