Court approves destruction of West Thurrock Marshes

Published: 28 January 2009

After a three-year battle to save West Thurrock Marshes from destruction the Court of Appeal has judged that the decision to build on the site was lawful.

Buglife (of which the AES is a member organisation) took Thurrock Development Corporation to High Court in February 2008 on the grounds that it had failed to protect the Marshes - rated as one of the three most important sites for endangered wildlife in the country with 17 protected species. The proposed warehouses and car parks will destroy up to 70% of the flower-rich habitat, home to many of these species including the Brown-banded carder bee.

The Court of Appeal decision today means that the Buglife now faces legal costs of £30,000. Please consider supporting Buglife:

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