MoD to fight legal challenge to council missile site
The government has vowed to defeat a legal bid to stop it placing missiles on a council-owned tower block during the Olympic Games.
The Ministry of Defence yesterday confirmed Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest will be one of six sites used for ground-based missile defence systems during the games.
Residents of the 117-home tower launched legal action to prevent the government using the block last week. But defence secretary Philip Hammond said the department would push ahead with its plans.
‘A small number of activists object to the deployment of these defensive measures and a legal challenge to the government’s decision to deploy GBAD has been initiated,’ he said.
‘The MOD will defend these proceedings vigorously and is confident of defeating them.’
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.
Mr 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.
‘These have shown that, while people understandably have questions and concerns which we have sought to answer, broadly speaking communities are supportive of our work.’