Cycle scheme legal challenge denied

A bid to bring a legal challenge over the cycle hire scheme introduced by London Mayor Boris Johnson has been rejected by the High Court.

Noel Carroll wanted to challenge Westminster City Council's choice to build a 98ft (30m) docking station near his home in Mayfair as part of the scheme.

The docking station is one of 400 to be built as part of the plans, but Mr Carroll felt that the siting of the station in South Audley Street would ruin the surrounding conservation area.

The area has several listed buildings including a private club, Harry's Bar, which has its entrance near the proposed station.

Mr Carroll, 63, and other Mayfair residents accused Westminster City Council of unlawfully failing to take into account the environmental damage the scheme would cause through increased noise, other disturbance and traffic congestion.

But Deputy High Court Judge Michael Supperstone QC ruled that the grounds raised were "not arguable".

He said: "None of the grounds put forward are arguable and permission to apply for judicial review is refused."

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