Campaigners had victory snatched from them after losing a major ruling in their battle to stop a council renaming and renumbering roads on their estate.
Yes, it’s this saga.
The council has welcomed the ruling as an end to the dispute, but campaigners insist they will continue to fight against the plans.
But of course the council has a pile of taxpayer’s cash to burn through…
Judge Branston reconsidered his original decision yesterday, having been given new guidelines on which to make his ruling.
Mr Ferguson, councillor for Lee Chapel North, who has financed the legal appeal, in excess of £40,000, insists he will continue to try to prevent the changes.
He said: “The judge said he made his decision with the greatest reluctance. His hands were tied but he still considers the council to be wrong.”
Smells fishy? Yeah. Me too.
Despite the council’s justification for the changes, Mr Ferguson believes changing road names will actually confuse emergency services and potentially cost lives.
He added: “The issue is one of signage, not names. Signs matter because the estate is complicated no matter what you call the roads.
“At every access point, it needs to be clearly indicated what is nearby.”
Surely the NHS can cope with basic literacy? I mean, there’s no evidence that they can’t, is there?
Oh. OK, forget I said anything…
Despite ruling in favour of Basildon Council, district judge Gareth Branston criticised the authority for disregarding the wishes of estate residents.
Judge Branston issued a 16-page ruling outlining the reasons for his decision.
He said: “As is obvious from my first judgment, I do not consider the borough council’s decision is the right decision.
“It is a decision made by a council officer and one elected councillor.
“It is a decision rejected by a vote of the full council. In particular, it is a decision which is rejected by more than 400 residents of the areas who will actually be affected and who actively opposed the decision by bringing this appeal at court.
“It is a decision which, on the evidence presented to me, is not demonstrably supported by any resident.
“One might have thought the democratically-elected borough council would now have some regard to the wishes and feelings of its constituency.”
One might have indeed though that, your honour. But with no-one to force them to have that regard, it’s unlikely they ever will…