Adderbury villagers will know the Parish Council successfully fought two applications for judicial review mounted by a local resident who does not like to be named and secured a High Court decision to dismiss them as “without merit”. It cost the parish council over £6,000 in solicitor’s and barrister’s fees to fight these applications. However, the parish council asked the Court to make an award for costs against the applicant and parish councillors have just been advised that the High Court has made an order to the applicant to pay the parish council’s legal costs. He has fourteen days to contest the Court order so I am not holding my breath in waiting for the cheque and, based on past history, have no doubt the full majesty of legal argument will be deployed to try to counter the Court order.
I write as a member of the parish council, speaking entirely for myself but basing the statement on the information provided by our proper officer. I do so because many villagers were appalled that the parish council had to incur such costs in fighting these applications and deserve to know where things stand. When the cheque is banked in the parish council accounts, I will be opening a bottle of something fizzy.