Hauliers call for a judicial review to save lorry park
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• About 100 hauliers who could lose their licences following the sale of a London lorry park are trying to get a judicial review in a bid to stop the deal.
Last week Brent council sold 2.5 acres of its 3.5-acre lorry park in Drury Way for £12m to Trans Euro Worldwide Movers, which operates next door (CM 29 Aug-4 Sep).
This has left the park's 100 resident hauliers fearing Trans Euro will force them out when it takes over next year so it can develop the land—and without operating centres their licences could be at risk.
member of Brent Council's land and building committee, believes this offers little protection. He says: "There's nothing to stop Trans Euro
raising rents and pricing them out of the park, I don't think they have much chance of surviving."
He is backing the operators' bid to get a judicial review of the deal which would temporarily block it.
The council says it has protected the hauliers' rights and it doesn't expect Trans Euro to raise rents higher than inflation.
Brian Burgess, who has operated six vehicles for 17 years from the park, says: "It's disgraceful, we could have stopped it if we'd had more time but we'll keep fighting until we can do no more."