Opponents mull appeal against court decision

A legal bid to stop Heatherwick Studio’s Garden Bridge has been thrown out by a judge.

Waterloo resident Jenny O’Neill had applied for leave for a judicial review of Lambeth council’s decision over lease arrangements for the plot on the South Bank where the bridge would land. It is owned by Coin Street Community Builders.

But a high court judge refused leave for that case to be heard.

O’Neill has 14 days to appeal and opponents of the bridge indicated to BD that they would seriously consider this course of action.

Lambeth council welcomed the court’s decision.

The Garden Bridge Trust described it as “the final attempt by opponents of the Garden Bridge to challenge Lambeth Council’s decision on lease arrangements”.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “This is great news and an important step forward for the Garden Bridge. We now need to conclude negotiations with Coin Street Community Builders in order to acquire the land so we can start building the bridge.

“It is a shame that our opponents chose to waste time and public money on a second judicial review which was aimed at deliberately delaying the project. We look forward to making the bridge happen.”