The legal battle over the proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames in London is to go to judicial review in June.
Lambeth and Westminster Councils have backed plans for the £175M bridge, but this week a judge said that opponents’ claims that the structure will obstruct views to the north of the river, and that there is inadequate provision for on-going maintenance costs must be heard in court.
It means that Lambeth Council’s decision to approve Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge will be debated in court. The challenge has been spearheaded by the Waterloo Community Development Group leader Michael Ball.
A statement from The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity which is promoting the bridge, said it is working closely with the London Borough of Lambeth to discuss the next steps. It claimed 240t copper-nickel alloy skin will protect the Bridge, making it maintenance free for 120 years. It added there was a clear business plan to cover the estimated £3.5M per annum needed for on-going maintenance and operations.
A Lambeth Council spokesperson said it was carefully considering the decision to allow a judicial review.