Olympic missile row hits High Court
Tenants of a council-owned east London tower block will today go to the High Court to prevent the use of their building to house missiles during the Olympic Games.
Residents of 117-home Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest are seeking a judicial review after the Ministry of Defence revealed it was to be one of six sites used for missile defence during the games.
The residents, who claim they were not properly consulted over the plans, want an injunction preventing the missiles being put in place until the legal case is heard.
The MoD has insisted it is pushing ahead with the plan despite local opposition.
Speaking last week, defence secretary Philip Hammond, said: ‘We have undertaken a wide programme of engagement with the communities affected, involving relevant local authorities, landowners, MPs, council leaders and community meetings.’
He added that local communities were ‘broadly speaking’ in favour of the plans.
The missiles are due to be in place by mid-July, and will form part of a military defence operation to protect the Olympic Park including a Royal Navy helicopter carrier in the Thames, Typhoon jets and Puma helicopters.