Bury St Edmunds protestors win battle over water meadows
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Protestors' victory in water meadows fight
By James Mortlock
February 23, 2001
ENVIRONMENTALISTS fighting plans to build a road through the heart of
idyllic water meadows have won another crucial court battle in their campaign.
A High Court judge ruled yesterday they should be allowed to appeal against
the latest decision to grant the controversial road planning permission
which the campaigners claim would wreck the tranquillity of the Bury St
Edmunds beauty spot.
Delighted pensioner Doreen Tilley, who has been the driving force of the
campaign against the scheme by brewing giant Greene King, appealed last
night to St Edmundsbury Borough Council to revoke the permission before the
appeal process, known as judicial review, begins in April.
She was thrilled by the judgment which comes two years after the protesters
had the original planning permission for the road quashed by the High Court
after a similar review.
Mrs Tilley, who is particularly passionate about saving a colony of
endangered water vole on the meadows, said: It s wonderful news and
hopefully it won t come to judicial review maybe the council will see sense
and think again, that would be fantastic.
The water meadows are a vital part of our town s flood defences and no more
of the area should be allowed to be built on to avoid turning Bury into a
Fellow campaigner Simon Harding said the decision had breathed new life
into the five-year fight against the road, planned for the meadows off
I have never thought this campaign could be won because of the water voles
or great crested newts in the area because Greene King can put in measures
to protect them, but when you start talking about possible flooding of
people s homes, it s a different ball game.
Joy Bowes, head of legal services at St Edmundsbury Borough Council,
confirmed the campaigners had again won the right to take the issue to
judicial review. However, she said the court had ruled the actual review
process would not begin until April 24. Miss Bowes said the council s
barrister had argued the application for judicial review was premature as
its officers were still investigating whether there was anything wrong with
the environmental information used in the second planning decision, as was
claimed by the protesters.
She added as the council had yet to formally hand Greene King written
planning permission, the issue was still in the hands of the planning
committee. It will not necessarily come to the judicial review, said Miss
Greene King spokeswoman Frances Brace said the court had dealt the people
of Bury St Edmunds a triple whammy.
They will have to fund the protesters court action as taxpayers, as local
rate payers they will be funding the council s defence and all the time
they have to tolerate our lorries outside their front doors, she added.
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