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Court of Appeal dismisses environmentalist’s A6 road challenge

On 19th September the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the decision to proceed with a new road between Toome and Castledawson. 


An environmental campaigner, Chris Murphy, had lost his High Court case in March 2017 when Mrs Justice Keegan ruled that the Department for Infrastructure (DoI) had acted rationally and lawfully. 


Mr Murphy claimed that the DoI had not carried out an appropriate assessment of the impact of the new road on the environment.  He said that the department’s environmental surveys were ten years out of date.  He also claimed that the new road would have adverse impact for protected Whooper swans. 


The Court of Appeal held that the proper assessments had been carried out by DoI and that the new road would have no direct impact on the swans. 


DoI welcomed the judgment and confirmed that no work would begin in fields used by the swans until they have migrated away in March 2018.


BBC News’ article can be read here.  

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