By­pass le­gal ver­dict de­ferred af­ter coun­cil appeal

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PRO­TES­TORS bat­tling plans for a £250m by­pass through Lither­land’s Rim­rose Val­ley will have to wait longer be­fore their next course of ac­tion af­ter a High Court de­ci­sion was de­ferred.

Sefton Coun­cil pre­sented its case last Tues­day at the High Court in Manch­ester to re­view the de­ci­sion by High­ways Eng­land not to con­sult on the op­tion of a tun­nel for the pro­posed Port Ac­cess route when they un­der­took a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise to de­ter­mine their pre­ferred route op­tion.

The coun­cil ar­gued that, de­spite hav­ing promised to do so, High­ways Eng­land failed to in­clude the tun­nel op­tion in its con­sul­ta­tion, or in any event failed to in­clude it in a law­ful way.

Sefton Coun­cil be­lieves the tun­nel op­tion would have merit and is the only op­tion which could bal­ance the need for im­proved ac­cess to the Seaforth with the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

As part of the hear­ing, Sefton asked for an Or­der quash­ing the pre­ferred route an­nounce­ment, and an Or­der re­quir­ing High­ways Eng­land to re-con­sult about the tun­nel op­tion be­fore any de­ci­sion as to the pre­ferred route is re-taken.

The coun­cil has in­structed a lead­ing QC to rep­re­sent them and, af­ter hear­ing both sides of the case, judge­ment was de­ferred to an­other date.

Rim­rose Val­ley Friends group at a pre­vi­ous protest

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