Eco-zealot who mounted a lengthy legal battle to try and stop a road being ... trends now

Eco-zealot who mounted a lengthy legal battle to try and stop a road being ... trends now
Eco-zealot who mounted a lengthy legal battle to try and stop a road being ... trends now

Eco-zealot who mounted a lengthy legal battle to try and stop a road being ... trends now

An eco-activist whose legal battle against upgrades to an A-road has cost taxpayers tens of millions of pounds has vowed to take his case to the highest court in the land - despite the Court of Appeal saying it has ‘no logical basis’.

Dr Andrew Boswell has spent years fighting plans to dual parts of the A47 in Norfolk and build a new slip road, during which costs for the project have soared.

He claims the government made a ‘fatal step’ by failing to take into account the cumulative carbon impact of the schemes, an error which will have a detrimental impact on the environment.

But in a humiliating judgment, Sir Launcelot Henderson, who heard evidence with two other judges last month, yesterday ruled his argument had ‘an air of complete unreality’ with ‘no logical basis’ upon which a wider assessment of carbon emissions could have been taken.

Undeterred by the setback, Dr Boswell – a former Green city and county councillor who has failed three times to be elected to Parliament - said he was considering taking the matter to the Supreme Court.

Former Green councillor Dr Andrew Boswell is poised to take his battle to stop the A47 being upgraded in Norfolk to the Supreme Court

Former Green councillor Dr Andrew Boswell is poised to take his battle to stop the A47 being upgraded in Norfolk to the Supreme Court

‘I believe this case is of national interest. There is so much hype around climate change but our actual policies are a shambles.’

The retired computer scientist from the University of East Anglia, who describes himself as ‘an expert in climate change and the carbon emissions from road building’, added: ‘I am a scientist and all of my work is done on that basis – I am not doing anything just to be a contrarian. The cost of climate change is greater than the cost of this case.

‘There is big money needed to deal with coastal erosion, flooding and other issues that make it impossible for people to live.

‘I have given up three years of my life - that is part of the cost of this battle.’

He said on Friday: ‘Climate change is happening fast, we are already seeing extremely

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