Bypass legal verdict deferred after council appeal
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