The High Court has thrown out a bid to bring a legal challenge over London Mayor Boris Johnson’s flagship cycle hire scheme.
Along with other locals, he accused the council of unlawfully failing to take into account the environmental damage the scheme would cause through increased noise, other disturbance and traffic congestion.
The 98ft-long (30m) station is planned for
, which is in a conservation area containing several listed buildings, including a private club called Harry’s Bar.
Deputy High Court Judge Michael Supperstone QC ruled yesterday that the grounds raised were “not arguable”, and refused permission to apply for judicial review.
The court had heard that Mr Carroll was only seeking permission to challenge the legality of the docking station near his home, for which planning permission was granted in August 2009, and not the scheme as a whole.
After the ruling, Mr Carroll’s lawyer David Cooper said: “We are disappointed, surprised and considering an appeal to the Court of Appeal.”
Mr Carroll, who lives in nearby
, has said previously: “Our beautiful conservation area must not be defaced by this horrible lump of metal. It would bring down this very beautiful place. It would not be a very pretty sight.”
A TfL spokeswoman said: “TfL has worked closely with the
Robert Davis, Westminster Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for built environment, said: “We have always aimed to strike a balance between making sure the Mayor’s bike hire stands are readily available in the best locations for users, with the least possible impact on local people.”