High Court rejects Southwark Council's 'super sewer' appeal
Southwark Council has lost its bid to appeal against the proposed use of Chambers Wharf as a drive site on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. The council said the High Court had disagreed 'with our lawyers interpretation of the legislation and court practice rules'.
Cllr Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, said the council will look at its options and take advice before making a decision on its next steps.
He said: "We are extremely disappointed by this decision and the government’s decision to not consider alternatives to Chambers Wharf. We always knew this was going to be a tough battle, but I wanted government ministers to have to justify to local residents why they think it's acceptable that their lives should be blighted in this way.
"I again repeat my challenge to [communities secretary] Eric Pickles and [environment secretary] Liz Truss. Come to Bermondsey and speak to people about why they think seven years of 24 hour a day noise next to homes and schools is ok."
John added: "This was a complex legal case which was argued for four hours by QCs at court... Unfortunately the judge disagreed. This decision emphasises the challenge local communities and councils will face when objecting to major infrastructure projects."
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