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Stephen Fry

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  • Comment on: Lambeth apologises for ‘damaging’ works to Kate Macintosh’s listed 60s block

    Stephen Fry's comment 4 October, 2018 1:55 pm

    Way back (1970s) I brought an action in person against the GLC in the high court, requesting an injunction to stop them spending on the St Paul`s Playing Field Site on the basis that there was no planning permission and it was unlawful for them to build without it. The question was wether I had 'locus standi' to bring the action - a big question in administrative law at the time. One Jeffrey Jowell, who was professor of pubic law at London University, told me some cases to use, and the judge, sitting in chambers, ruled that YES I had locus standi as a ratepayer to request remedy for a case claiming that the council to which I paid rates was spending (my money) unlawfully. (.. but that he could not admit me as plaintiff while Patliament had given better 'locus standi' to the local borough, Hammersmith). ('The doctrine of alternative remedy'..?) In tis case, Ms Macintosh could sue Lambeth, if she pays council tax there, on basis that L spent the money unlawfully - require removal and making good perhaps. And there is no alternative agency with locus standi - ! - L itself is ruled out since it is the accused party !! If she does not live in Lambeth, any payer of council tax in L could do it. I tried to find an email for Ms M, not found yet; could you please advise her of this ? and / or give me a contact, or encourage another Lambeth 'rate'payer ?

  • Comment on: Winner of National Grid/RIBA gasholders ideas contest revealed

    Stephen Fry's comment 28 February, 2018 10:38 am

    Like it !