Stop the Tesco Toxic Towers

by Andy Walker

Stop the Tesco Toxic Towers

by Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Case Owner
I have been campaigning for years against the Tesco Toxic Towers and write at stopthetescotoxictowers.blogspot.com/
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Andy Walker
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I have been campaigning for years against the Tesco Toxic Towers and write at stopthetescotoxictowers.blogspot.com/
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Latest: Aug. 6, 2022

1) GMB Donation is very welcome 2) Canvassing at Tesco Tomorrow

Redbridge GMB has given the campaign a £200 donation which is very welcome. This is the first donation from an organisation. If you are a member of a faith group, union, political party or a re…

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I am part of a campaign group called stop the Tesco Toxic Towers seeking to challenge the decision of Redbridge London Borough Council to grant planning permission to redevelop the Goodmayes Tesco Extra.

 

The development suffers from poor air quality being in an Air Quality Management Area. The development includes proposals to build a school, which will without sufficient safeguards put children at unacceptable risk. We believe the Council acted unlawfully in granting permission because they took insufficient account of air quality and did not take account of the World Health Organisation standards in making their decision.

 The World Health Organisation has said that air pollution is the greatest environmental risk. It says air pollution is one of the leading threats to child health, accounting for almost 1 in 10 deaths in children under five years old.  The UK government itself estimates that the annual mortality of human-made air pollution in the UK is roughly equivalent to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year.

 We have already instructed solicitors, Hodge Jones & Allen, to review the case and they consider that the case has four grounds of challenge which merit further investigation and advice from a barrister.  

 At this stage, we are raising £5,000 to instruct a barrister to review the grounds of challenge and, if there are grounds, to draft a statement of facts and grounds and then to send a pre-action protocol letter to the Council setting out our points of challenge.

If the Council refuses to take account of our letter, and this case ends up going to court and is successful, it could be significant as it would force developers in London implement design measures to protect local people if WHO limits on air pollution are not complied with; at the moment the Council purports only to comply with national limits which are significantly more relaxed and pose a higher threat to local people.

 At a local level, we believe that it is important that children in Redbridge who attend the school are properly protected from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Update 14

Andy Walker

Aug. 6, 2022

1) GMB Donation is very welcome 2) Canvassing at Tesco Tomorrow

Redbridge GMB has given the campaign a £200 donation which is very welcome. This is the first donation from an organisation. If you are a member of a faith group, union, political party or a resident association it would be appreciated if you could approach them for a donation too. Should we get a court hearing it would be great if our barrister could provide a list of local organisations in support.

We will be leafleting outside Tescos on Sunday 7th August at the top of the ramp where Barley Lame meets  Goodmayes Road between 12 and 3pm tomorrow. Any help will be be much appreciated.

Update 13

Andy Walker

July 27, 2022

Thank you for the £200 donation and latest study on air pollution and de

 Many thanks to the resident who has contributed to £200 to the legal campaign and drawn my attention to the recent study on air pollution and dementia at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-pollution-cognitive-decline-and-dementia

The report states

"COMEAP reviewed nearly 70 studies in human populations (epidemiological studies) which looked at possible links between air pollution and a decline in mental ability and dementia in older people. They also considered studies which investigated how air pollution might affect the brain.

From this review, it can be concluded that it is likely that air pollution does contribute to these effects. The most likely way this occurs is through effects on the circulation. It is known that air pollutants, particularly small particles, can affect the heart and blood vessels, including to the brain."ENDs

There can little doubt the high number of High Rise towers being planned at the same time will damage not just the health of the young but also the elderly. Sharing this update would be very welcome.

Go to https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stop-the-tesco-toxic-towers/ to donate to stop this mad overdevelopment planned for our area.

Update 12

Andy Walker

July 15, 2022

1) What we have paid for 2) Petrol Station 3) Photoshoot

1) What we have paid for 

These are the two bundles we have paid for at the links the most important part is the grounds towards the beginning of the core bundle.

CORE BUNDLE

SUPP BUNDLE

2) According to Tesco Goodmayes petrol station staff the closure of the station has been postponed until the outcome of our judicial review. I have written to Tescos for their comments on this.

3) We have a photoshoot to promote funding the court case for the local papers next week. It is at 11am tomorrow, Saturday 16th July outside the Tesco store. We have 4 confirmed so far on Facebook it would be great to have some more supporters. Sharing the link would be much appreciated EVENTPAGE


Update 11

Andy Walker

July 13, 2022

Costs and Photoshoot this Saturday

The new fund target is £18,000 this is £3,000 for our lawyers and £15,000 costs for the Council if we lose.

I have asked the site to amend the target date to the 15th August as by then we should know if the court will have granted permission for a full hearing following our paper application. .

If the court refuses our paper application for a full hearing we then ask for an oral hearing to renew the application. The costs of the oral hearing will be £8,000 in addition to the £18,000 we need to raise by the 15th August.

Should we win permission for a full hearing, we will need to raise further funds for full hearing which will take place in December. If the judge refuses any oral hearing in September, we can apply to the court of appeal, but my understanding that is rarely successful so that will likely be the end of the case.

I will publish our costs for a full hearing, if one if granted, in due course.

Our grounds sent to the court will be published shortly so residents know our legal arguments. 

I will asking Tesco for permission for a photo shoot this Saturday at 11am for supporters to stand with a banner plugging the legal campaign for the local press.

If Tesco decline we have to use the pavement instead. More on this soon.





Update 10

Andy Walker

July 11, 2022

Claim lodged at High Court today!

Great news - delighted to say claim has been lodged at High Court today. I will be speaking to our lawyers tomorrow for future funding targets and will write more then.

Once we have targets set I will be fund raising to keep our claim live

Update 9

Andy Walker

July 4, 2022

Many thanks for your help and meeting tonight at 8pm

Thank you very much to everyone who has pledged. It means a lot to me. Delighted to say we have got there. 

It is great to be part of a team that includes, Ashley, Paul, Julie & Raj on the door to door sessions and Af leading the Telegram and WhatsApp Groups. 

Every signature on the previous petitions and the new one at Kids Lives Matter Petition  help win at the court of public opinion and is also really important

I have sent an additional £4,000 to bring the total to £9,000. I have written to  Jack Robirosa & Susan Ring at Hodge informing that the money has been sent and asking for more information about further funding. We have a meeting to tonight at 8pm at the Methodist Church Hall, tonight, Monday 4th July on Percy Road IG3.

The meeting will be on zoom, but the reception is patchy and drops in and out at 

Meeting ID: 848 8989 7647

Passcode: 499084

It would be great if you could attend and put forward your ideas forward for driving the campaign further.


Update 8

Andy Walker

July 3, 2022

Last push before 9am deadline tomorrow

,Thank you to all those who have pledged, it means a lot to me. Yesterday, following a door to door session with Geetha, was an especially good day, with several pledges coming in, including a particularly generous pledge of £200.

Today, Paul and I went out door to door canvassing and pledges are coming in as a consequence. If you could share the link to this site to friends and family it would be much appreciated. 

We meet tomorrow at 8pm at the Methodist Church Hall on Percy Road IG3 8SG to discuss how we can drive the campaign forward, regardless of whether hit the £5K target or not. 

Update 7

Andy Walker

July 2, 2022

1) Meeting on Monday 4th July at 8pm 2) Door to Door tomorrow Sunday 3rd July

Thank you very much to those who have pledged. This is a notice of a meeting going out to residents for a meeting on Monday 4th July at 8pm. By then we will know if we are going to court, or concentrating on the court of public opinion instead. We also go door to door canvassing tomorrow, Sunday 3rd July at midday. Please phone me on 07956 263088 to let me know if you can help out.

stopthetescotoxictowers.blogspot.com

120 Blythswood Road Ilford IG3 8SG                2nd July 2022

07956 263088 twitter @andywalker email andy.walker@talk21.com

Dear Residents

Support the Legal Challenge to the Tesco Toxic Towers!

We have raised £2,110 from 55 pledges; we need £5,000 by Monday 4th July at 9am. Together we can stop this madness. Please go to:

crowdjustice.com/case/stop-the-tesco-toxic-towers

 to make a pledge or scan the code below:



Public meeting 8pm Monday 4th July at Methodist Church Hall on Percy Road IG3


The meeting is also on zoom per details below, but I regret to say the reception is patchy:


Meeting ID: 848 8989 7647


Passcode: 499084



Do come along and put forward your ideas for driving the campaign forward.

The petition calling for an enquiry into child deaths linked to air pollution is below.




Regards


Andy Walker


Update 6

Andy Walker

July 1, 2022

1) Many thanks for reaching the £2,000 limit 2) Door to door tomorrow

Thank you very much for pledging, it means a lot to me.

I have plugged our campaign on twitter at https://twitter.com/Andywalker1945/status/1542822169167728641

There is a blog post at https://stopthetescotoxictowers.blogspot.com/2022/07/why-tesco-toxic-towers-will-be-torn.html?spref=tw

The target is £5,000 with a deadline by this Monday 4th July at 9am to take the Council to court.

We go out door to door canvassing, meeting at 11am outside the Methodist Church on Saturday 4th July. It would be great if you could join us, last Saturday we had a team of three. Any questions please contact me on 07956 263088.

If you spread the word it will be much appreciated. 




Update 5

Andy Walker

June 30, 2022

Deadline to raise £5,000 by 9am Monday 4th July

Thank you  very much to those who have pledged.


Our lawyers,  Hodge Jones & Allen, need funds to instruct a barrister by 9am Monday 4th July in order to make sure the deadline for issuing the claim is met.


We need funds of £9,000 to do this. We currently stand at £1,650 which is from 41 pledges within two weeks. This is more than £800 a week and credible support.


I am so convinced that the Tesco Toxic Towers will be bad for the people who live there and bad for our community should they be built, that if £5,000 is pledged by Monday 4th July at 9am, I will send the balance of £4,000 direct to Hodge Jones & Allen. This will total £9,000 and allow us to commence proceedings.


There is a slight chance that the barrister who we may use might disagree with Hodge Jones & Allen and say that our grounds are too weak to proceed. I suggest you read our pre-action letter at stopthetescotoxictowers.blogspot.com on 28th June and decide for yourself whether our grounds deserve to win.


If you are supportive please share this letter to your friends and family and hopefully we will reach £5,000 by 9am Monday 4th July.


Regards


Andy


Update 4

Andy Walker

June 26, 2022

Team out on doors yesterday

Thank very much for your pledge. And many thanks to Julie and Raj helping out with the door to door fundraising and collecting signatures for the Kids Lives Matter Petition yesterday.

We go out next Saturday 4th July at 11am. Do contact me if you can help help out on 07956 263088.

Update 3

Andy Walker

June 24, 2022

Together we can stop this madness!

Thank you very much to has pledged. It means a lot to me. Newsletter for door to door this weekend

stopthetescotoxictowers.blogspot.com

120 Blythswood Road Ilford IG3 8SG                24th June 2022

07956 263088 twitter @andywalker email andy.walker@talk21.com


Dear Residents

Support the Legal Challenge to the Tesco Toxic Towers

We have raised £985 from 25 pledges. Together we can stop this madness! Please go to crowdjustice.com/case/stop-the-tesco-toxic-towers to make a pledge or scan the code below:


Local child death and hospital admissions statistics for diseases below


See a child suffering from an asthma attack below.

Should you agree with us that it is an outrage that our children will be put at risk by the Tesco and other developments join the Telegram group below:



Regards

Andy Walker

Update 2

Andy Walker

June 22, 2022

How will air filters work on hot days?

Thank you to everyone who has pledged. My video asks how will the air filters work at the Tesco Toxic Towers on hot days like today when residents are bound to want to open their windows. Delighted to say window posters are on order.








Update 1

Andy Walker

June 18, 2022

1) Meeting this Monday 8pm 20th June 2020 2) Delivery tomorrow 3) Quiz

Dear Campaigners

Meeting

We have a campaign meeting this Monday at 8pm 20th June at the Methodist Church Hall on Percy Road off Barely Lane: be great if you can make it. It will also be on Zoom and Facebook, but the reception can be patchy.

More detail at Campaign Post

Delivery Tomorrow 

I will be delivering leaflets plugging the campaign tomorrow, do let me know if you can help out on 07956 263088.

Quiz to raise funds

If you know anyone who can help organise a quiz do let me know please. Any other ideas for a fundraiser will be very welcome.

Regards

Andy


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