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Statement on court hearing on application to set aside Armada Way legal proceedings

14 September 2023

A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the judge has refused our request for a re-hearing on our application to set aside the legal proceedings.  

“We firmly believe that as the judicial review (JR) is based on a decision that has been overturned, the decision is therefore academic. Following a consultation on a new design, a new decision will be made.  

“To move forward with a lengthy JR process will cost the Council thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money; money that could be spent on other services. As a result of the judge’s decision today (14 September), we now will move to the full JR.  

“However, this legal process will not deter or prevent us moving forward with our current plans to clean-up Armada Way. Indeed tomorrow (15 September), we are commencing the initial preparations for the removal of the felled tree trunks and we will start clearing vegetation that is not covered by the legal injunction. We are now almost ready to also come forward with our new design for consultation.  

“We know that most people want to see action and a resolution for Armada Way. This is our priority.”