Wightlink has voiced its frustration at the latest legal challenge regarding its berth works and ferry operation in Lymington.

According to the company, the Lymington River Association (LRA) has asked for an oral hearing, in its latest bid to overturn a High Court decision not to grant a judicial review. The LRA wants a judicial review after the Secretary of State decided not to overturn the outcome of a planning inquiry in 2011, which gave Wightlink permission to carry out berth works and operate its W class ferries. The long-protracted legal challenge culminated with the Court of Appeal refusing the LRA permission to appeal the High Court’s judgement in December last year. A Wightlink spokesman said:

“We note the LRA has now chosen to continue its claim and has applied to the Court of Appeal for its application for permission to apply for a judicial review and protective costs order to be reconsidered at an oral hearing. “It is regrettable a small group of individuals, whose allegations have repeatedly been shown to be wrong, feels it is reasonable to continue to waste public and commercial funds in this way. It seems the ongoing uncertainty this case has caused for Wightlink customers and staff is set to continue.”