Campaigners against London Olympic missiles plans in Bow await outcome of legal challenge

Campaigners against plans to put missiles on top of a residential building in Bow during the London Olympics are awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge in the High Court today.

The campaigners against the plans to place missiles at Bow Quarter in Fairfield Road say the outcome of a legal challenge by fellow campaigners, against similar plans elsewhere in East London, will determine whether they also press ahead with a legal challenge.

Residents at a Fred Wigg Tower, a council estate in Leytonstone, are today applying for permission to seek a judicial review on the grounds their human rights have been breached. They will argue at London’s High Court that they were not consulted fairly and properly over the Ministry of Defence proposals.

Chris Nineham, of the Stop the Olympics Missiles campaign, said: “What happens today will have an automatic impact on Bow. If the judicial review goes ahead the MoD would either have to reconsider its plans for Bow or we would also launch a legal challenge.”

But if the Leytonstone residents lose their High Court bid then the Bow campaigners will instead focus on continuing their campaign “to the last minute,” he said.

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MoD officials want to deploy the weapons across six sites in the capital.

At London’s High Court Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, is expected to be accused of breaching Article 8 and Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protect an individual’s right to private life and peaceful enjoyment of their home.

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MoD officials want to deploy the weapons across six sites in the capital during this summer’s Games.

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