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Oxfordshire County Council Rejects Lakes Town Green Application – High Court Battle Looms


Protestors outside County Hall before the meeting on Monday 14 January


Campaigners said today that they would take the battle to save Radley Lakes to the High Court after Oxford County Councillors resolved to reject the application to register the area as a Town Green.

At a meeting packed with members of the public, Oxfordshire County Councillors voted 10 to 4 to reject the application. They also rejected a motion to defer a decision until they could see the site for themselves, and voted not to take further advice on a disputed legal point. The voting was strongly along party lines with all nine Conservative councillors present, joined by one Labour councillor, voting to reject the application.

Save Radley Lakes is asking its lawyers to consider urgently how the County’s decision can be challenged by a judicial review in the High Court.

Basil Crowley, chairman of Save Radley Lakes said “Oxfordshire County Councillors have shown their true colours today. They had a free choice whether or not to protect the Lakes, and they voted not to.

More than 50 people demonstrated outside County Hall before the meeting, and Councillors would have been left in no doubt as to the the strength of public opinion on the issue. Among the demonstrators was prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, Nicola Blackwood who said, ” Thrupp Lake has become a stunning area of natural beauty and I think we should explore every possible solution before we deprive the people of Radley and Abingdon of its benefits.”

In a message delivered to the meeting on his behalf, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Dr Evan Harris, expressed strong support for the application and urged campaigners to appeal if the County Council decided to to reject the application. Dr Harris offered his full personal support for any such action.

RWE npower, operators of Didcot power stations, who are proposing to destroy Thrupp Lake by filling it with fly ash had previously indicated their support for the democratic and legal process are being called upon to desist from further damaging the site until the matter is finally settled in the courts.


Other links relevant to this posting

BBC Politics Show 02 March 2008

Dr Evan Harris MP interviewed on the Shabina Akhtar show, 15 Jan 2008

NovoPress.Info, 15 Jan 2008

BBC News, 14 Jan 2008

Oxford Times, 14 Jan 2008

Herald, 14 Jan 2008

Oxford Mail, 14 Jan 2008

Oxford Mail, 13 Jan 2008

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