Southsea traders to meet over judicial review plans

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A MEETING is to be held in the next few days over a bid by businesses to take the city council to judicial review.

As reported, traders in Palmerston Road, Southsea, are unhappy with the way the local authority implemented the street’s pedestrian zone – and feel there’s grounds to launch a legal challenge.

They claim there wasn’t a proper consultation process and the zone is linked to a huge downturn in trade.

A private discussion is to be held with shops in the hope they will sign a legal letter of intent proving they will cover legal costs should they lose the case – which could be up to £5,000. A case can’t be lodged against the council until at least 10 businesses sign the document, which is to be drawn up by a local solicitor.

Once that’s happened, a letter giving notice of the action will be sent to the council, and they will then have the opportunity to reply.

Both parties would then need to agree whether to settle out of court, or take things further.

Linda Symes, a campaigner who got 1,200 people to sign a petition against the zone, which was introduced in 2012, said: ‘We hope the council will realise these people are serious in their intentions.’