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High Court Dismisses Application to Quash New Parking Zone on Equalities Grounds

Sarah Sackman

Lang J dismissed an application to quash the decision by Hackney Council to introduce a parking control zone in Stamford Hill. The Claimant, Mrs Rothschild, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, challenged the decision on grounds that the Council had failed to satisfy its Public Sector Equality Duty and have regard to impacts of its traffic management measures on observant Jews.

The Claimant’s latest application followed an earlier claim brought by her on equalities grounds in March 2020. That claim was settled by consent whilst the Council consulted on new operating hours and design for its parking zone which was accompanied by a new equalities assessment. 

The consent order settled the claim and made provision for the Claimant to enforce the terms of the settlement. This latest application made under that order challenged a new decision by the Council in December 2020 to adopt shorter operating hours for its parking zone. The Court made clear in dismissing the claim and awarding the Council costs, the Administrative Court deprecates “rolling” judicial review claims, in which new challenges are bolted on to existing claims. 

Sarah Sackman acted for the successful Defendant Hackney Council.