The Judicial Review

While we (still) await news of a hearing date for our Judicial Review of Shropshire Council’s decision to relocate the Library, the matter came up for discussion at a meeting of Church Stretton Town Council on 8th September. The relevant extract from the minutes of that meeting is printed below:

FROM THE MINUTES OF CHURCH STRETTON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING 08.09.2015:

“UPDATE ON LIBRARY AND PROGRESS OF JR
An Administration Court Judge has ruled that the Church Stretton Library Support Group does have an “arguable” case in its application for Judicial Review of SC’s decision to relocate the town centre library to the school on the outskirts of the town.

The case can now move forward to a full Judicial Review hearing, probably in the new year. As far as we (CS Town Council) are aware, Shropshire Council has yet to decide whether or not to defend the case.

Cllrs Walker and Braid have organised an informal meeting with Portfolio Holder Steve Charmley on October 14th.

Concern was expressed that the library was now seriously at risk.

LC (Cllr. Lee Chapman) understands that the Court has decided there is a case to answer. Further to that, the Judge has accepted the principle that any work associated with the the move has been subject to a stop and desist order. Until the hearing takes place no work or activity associated with the move can take place.

October for Cabinet review. Decision to defend will be taken by officer leading case for SC – either Chief Executive or George Chandler. Decision based on advice from Claire Porter and Council’s Counsel.”

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