Making things worse
Before the 2020 Budget we wrote to the Government asking it to rethink its roads policy in light of rising concern around climate change. That was on 5 March, 2020 but we never received any response, not even an acknowledgement. Instead the Government pressed on and at the Budget on the 11 March, announced its 'largest ever' roads programme, Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2).
Delivering RIS2 would mean spending £27bn on thousands of miles of road from Cornwall to Northumberland. Therefore we felt we had no choice but to take legal action to stop it. We've now uncovered secret plans to spend £90 billion over the next 15 years and that's just on the strategic roads network.
Now over a year later and we finally had our day in court on 29-30 June 2021, although we received permission to proceed on climate change grounds back in July 2020. The decision was published on 26 July 2021. The Government has dragged its heels and put obstacles in the way of the challenge at every opportunity, seemingly not wanting to face up to reality.
It's also been approving every new road possible, overriding the recommendations of independent planning inspectors on at least three occasions in the process. For those wishing to know more detail about our challenge, check out the legal details (click on the button below).
We were finally in court on 29-30 June 2021 and the decision was published on Monday 26 July 2021. We realise this case will be of interest to people concerned about climate change, air pollution and other environmental issues, as well as communities across the country threatened by road building. So watch this space for regular updates!
This is a somewhat slow and expensive process and since we are only a small organisation, that's why we need to raise money to cover our legal costs. Anything you can give via CrowdJustice would be much appreciated.