Ridley fights lorry ban
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THE GOVERNMENT this week launched its hid to quash the High Court decision supporting the GLC heavy lorry ban.
Robert Alexander, QC, claimed that the GLC acted improperly by getting an earlier High Court judgment, over-ruling Transport Secretary Nicholas Ridley's decision to outlaw the ban, overturned only hours before the Act to abolish the council was passed.
He told the Court: "Since the Act was passed, the GLC would he oblidged to obtain the consent of the Secretary of State."
Alexander said: "The GLC should not make an order for a ban on the use of heavy lorries in the GLC area at night and at weekends without the Transport Secretary's consent.
"The Secretary of State considered it was unstaisfactory for such an order to be made without a public inquiry."
He added: "The proposals to ban movement of commercial travel throughout the London area has widespread commercial, environmental and transport implications," • The Greater London Council has been given the Government's go-ahead to spend 1750,000 on signing for the night and weekend ban for lorries over 16.5 tonnes.