MP calls for alternative to tower block missile site
An MP has tabled a Commons motion calling on the Ministry of Defence to build a temporary tower to site missiles during the Olympic Games instead of placing them on a residential block.
Labour MP John Cryer yesterday tabled an early day motion expressing concern about plans to site a missile defence system on Fred Wigg Tower, in his Leyton and Wanstead constituency. Residents of the tower block, which is run by arm’s-length management organisation Ascham Homes, this week abandoned a legal challenge against the plans.
Mr Cryer’s motion says: ’This house….calls on the MoD to examine urgently the possibility of building a temporary tower for the missile systems instead of such weapons and launch pads being sited over the heads of the ordinary men, women and children who have had no say in the decision or alternatively to provide proper security to protect the residents living in Fred Wigg Tower from potential terrorist attack.’
The motion, which has so far attracted the support of just one other MP, Labour’s John McDonnell, also calls on the MoD to provide financial assistance to residents wishing to move during the games.
Residents in Fred Wigg Tower on Tuesday lost a High Court challenge against the missile plans. The residents applied for permission to seek a judicial review on the basis of interference with their human rights and that they had not been properly consulted. Judge Justice Haddon-Cave ruled against the residents, who are now no longer pursuing their legal challenge.
Five other sites have also been earmarked for missiles. These are the Lexington Building, a private block of apartments in Bow, Blackheath Common in south east London, William Girling reservoir in Enfield, Barn Hill in Epping Forest, Essex and Oxleas Meadow in Greenwich.