Williams (A representative Claimant for 20 others comprising "The Sustainable Totnes Action Group") v Devon County Council

Road traffic – Regulation of traffic. The defendant local authority made an experimental traffic order and subsequently made it permanent (the RTO). The claimant, as a representative of a group opposed to the change, applied, under para 35 of Sch 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, for an order quashing the RTO. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that there had been a clear breach of the obligation to hold a public inquiry and, as a result, a failure to comply with a relevant requirement in force before the RTO could be made. The omission had not been an inconsequential failure, as it had created obvious prejudice for the claimant's group.

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