Missile site residents rule out appeal
Residents of a council-owned tower block have abandoned their legal fight against plans to station missiles on the roof during the Olympic games.
The Ministry of Defence has earmarked six sites in east London for missile defence systems during the games, including Fred Wigg Tower, in Leytonstone. Residents of the block, which is run by Waltham Forest Council arm’s-length management organisation Ascham Homes, yesterday lost a legal bid to prevent missiles being stationed on the tower’s roof.
Martin Howe, a solicitor representing the residents, said they would not be appealing yesterday’s High Court decision.
Mr Howe said: ‘The residents live on a council estate in east London.
‘They do not have deep pockets to fund litigation and although their legal team will not charge them a penny they cannot take the risk of appealing and facing a huge legal bill from the government.’
Mr Howe said the residents will now look to parliamentarians to ‘come to their aid’, and to family and friends to ‘give them a safe haven’ during the games.
The residents unsuccessfully argued for a judicial review on the grounds the MoD’s actions would interfere with their human rights and that it had not properly consulted. But High Court judge Justice Haddon-Cave ruled they did not have an arguable case.