September 20 2014 Latest news:

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C

Five-day forecast

Warning shot sent to City of London over Hampstead Heath ponds project

Heath and Hampstead Society chairman Marc Hutchinson. Picture: Nigel Sutton Heath and Hampstead Society chairman Marc Hutchinson. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Monday, June 30, 2014
5:33 PM

Conservationists battling the Hampstead Heath ponds project have sent a warning shot to the City of London Corporation over a proposed legal challenge.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Lawyers acting for the Heath and Hampstead Society today sent a legal letter to the Corporation outlining the society’s case that the proposed dam works are unlawful.

The “letter before action” is the first step towards a judicial review of the City’s plans.

The society, which is leading the Dam Nonsense campaign against the works, says it has three main legal grounds for challenging the decision.

They are:

– That the City’s decision is based on an erroneous interpretation of the words “in the interests of safety” in the Reservoirs Act 1975.

– That it is based on an irrational and/or unlawful approach to risk.

– That the decision is the result of a process which should have been, but was not, subject to a “strategic environmental assessment” in accordance with European law.

Marc Hutchinson, chairman of the Heath and Hampstead Society, said: “The society has challenged the City to rescind its decision, and to take any further decisions regarding the works at the ponds on the correct legal basis.”

Share this article

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead and Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead and Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead and Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

   Local advertisers

More news

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ham&High on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Hampstead businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ham&High, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE