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Legal challenge to super sewer fails

A London council’s legal challenge against Thames Water’s £4bn super sewer has failed.

A High Court judge ruled against Southwark Council’s application for a judicial review against the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Southwark Council has vehemently opposed the project’s plans for a drive site at Chamber’s Wharf within the borough.

Council leader Peter John last year branded the approval of the controversial project – due to begin on site in 2016 – as “ludicrous”.

John said he was “extremely disappointed” by the High Court decision late last week.

“We always knew this was going to be a tough battle, but I wanted ministers to have to justify to local residents why they think it’s acceptable that their lives should be blighted in this way.

“We will now go back and look at our options, take advice from counsel and make a decision on our next steps. Meanwhile we will continue to work with residents to mitigate the harm they will suffer.”

Thames Water said it was “pleased with the clarity provided by the court’s decision”.

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