Residents win court hearing over missiles on their rooftop
Saturday 30 June 2012
Council tenants who have launched legal proceedings over plans to station surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their block of flats during the Olympics are to have their day in court.
Solicitors representing the residents' association at the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, east London, said yesterday that the MoD had been ordered to file a defence by next Tuesday and an expedited hearing would be held on 9 July.
The association, Harrow Community Support, is seeking an injunction preventing the ground-based air defence system being deployed above the heads of families living in the block's 117 flats.
Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials are considering deploying the weapons across six sites in the capital as a security measure for the Games. The move is yet to be confirmed.
Tenants want the MoD prohibited from using the block until there has been a proper consultation process and an equality impact assessment carried out which takes into account the needs of disabled residents.
Alternative locations being considered are the Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets; Blackheath Common and Oxleas Wood in south London; the William Girling Reservoir in Enfield; and Barn Hill in Epping Forest.
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
£25k + commission + benefits: Savvy Media Ltd: Find a job you love and never h...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: CORPORATE - Corporate Solicitor NQ+ An excelle...
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...