Nosey locals nicknamed our estate ‘soggy bottom’ – but they’re just angry because we ruined their view | The Sun

Nosey locals nicknamed our estate ‘soggy bottom’ – but they’re just angry because we ruined their view | The Sun

RESIDENTS of a new estate nicknamed "soggy bottom" say the name is nothing but "propaganda" by furious neighbours who dislike the development.

Locals of the Moseley Green estate in Cookridge, Leeds, say that angry neighbours have cooked up the "nonsensical" nickname because they are sour over the new housing ruining their view.


They also claim that the suggestion that the estate is built on a floodplain is ridiculous and talk proudly of their drainage systems that keep excess water at bay.

The land was previously a green field site which offered a picture perfect view for nearby residents and provided an area for dog walks and a playing field.

Moseley Green resident Matthew Lloyd has hit back at the idea that the estate is built on a flood plain, saying "It’s propaganda to prevent the expansion of the building development".

Matthew is a mechanical engineer and has lived on the site since 2018, being one of the first to move in.

He added: "It’s not on a floodplain. I obviously did a lot of research and I’m an engineer. It was pushed as being on a floodplain but if you look at all the geographical studies, it’s not.

"A lot of residents used this as their playing field with dog walking. On Facebook, people were saying ‘This is a floodplain, you shouldn’t be building there!’ You can appreciate they had a beautiful view outside their house and now they have a building development."

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The new development proved controversial and sparked protests, with the Cookridge Residents Action Group (CRAG) even holding a naked protest against the idea.

CRAG's chairman Michael Lowry also wrote a protest song titled 'Soggy Bottom Calypso' in 2013, which was backed by a guitar, maracas and two backing singers.

Campaigners claimed that the estate was a flood risk and money would be better spent building on a brown field site further away from their homes.

Another resident, Harry Walker joined Matthew in rubbishing this claim.

He said: "Nothing major has happened while we’ve been here so I’ve not really thought about it."

Harry also said that the derogatory nickname has now been commonly adopted as slang for the estate.

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Some residents are even said to find it endearing.

Luci Unsworth, who also lived on the estate, said: "It’s not ‘soggy bottom’, it’s only the slang for it. I’m okay with it, it’s a lovely neighbourhood. I don’t get any flooding."



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