Tower block residents lose Olympic missile fight
Residents of a council-owned tower block in east London have lost a legal bid to prevent missiles being stationed on the roof during the Olympic Games.
A High Court judge ruled today residents of Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, east London, did not have an arguable case.
The residents had applied for permission to seek judicial review, protesting there has been a ‘disproportionate interference’ with their human rights, and they were not consulted fairly and properly over the siting of the ground-based air defence system.
But their legal challenge was rejected by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave who said: ‘The law and the facts militate against the claim for judicial review.
‘In my judgment the Military of Defence’s voluntary engagement with the community and residents in this matter were immaculate.’
David Forsdick, representing defence secretary Philip Hammond, had argued Mr Hammond was under no statutory duty to consult, although an impact assessment had been carried out and residents’ human rights taken into consideration.
He said any appeal application would have to be ‘immediate’.
Marc Williers, representing the residents, said any appeal move would be made ‘possibly tomorrow morning’.