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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Residents of Fred Wigg Abandon Legal Challenge To Olympic Missiles

Residents of the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone (a 17-storey tower block near the Olympic Park) lost their right to challenge the decision by the army to deploy missiles on top of their building yesterday.

The Fred Wigg residents applied for permission to seek judicial review of the government's decision to deploy the missiles, saying it was a "disproportionate interference" with their human rights, and they were not consulted properly over the siting of the ground-based air defence system.

They argued that those who wanted to move out should at least be relocated in hotels by the MoD or a gantry should be erected for the missiles away from the tower block.

However, Justice Haddon-Cave said on Tuesday:
"In my judgment, the MoD's voluntary engagement with the community and residents in this matter were immaculate."
The residents have today abandoned their challenge to the decision.


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