We believed that the Council, in imposing its new parking scheme on Zone J, not only behaved very badly, but also unlawfully. We therefore launched a legal challenge. We took legal advice before doing so and were told we had a strong case.
The first, necessary, step in initiating the legal action was with legal assistance to write a formal letter to the Council, setting out our concerns. The letter was delivered to the council on 6th December, 2016.
Council was asked to respond within two weeks in accordance with legal protocol. Instead, it requested six weeks to do so. And then, sought another week’s delay.
When the Council finally responded, it made clear it was not going to suspend the new parking scheme voluntarily, and so it has been necessary to commence a legal action to make it do so.
The legal action – as is also necessary – has been taken in the name of a local resident, David Mills, who lives in Loftus Road, but it has wide backing from other residents, churches, the mosque and local businesses.
The required documents were filed at the High Court on 8th February 2017.
The Council responded, with its defence, on 13th March 2017 (cut: has to respond. A judge will then review all the papers in the case and decide how it should proceed.)
A Judge appointed by the High Court then reviewed all the papers in the case to decide whether the case against the Council was strong enough to merit a full High Court hearing.
The Judge’s decision came on the 12th April 2017. It found that the case against the Council was strong and did indeed merit a full High Court Hearing.
At this point the Council decided to settle the case, paying all the costs incurred up to this point, and agreeing that an Advisory Group – drawn from Zone J – should be set up to advise the Council on a new consultation.
The key documents can be accessed using the following links: