Melbury Abbas and Cann Group Parish Council is planning to challenge Dorset County Council’s decision through the courts, and to achieve a sensible traffic management system that keeps vehicles above 7.5 tonnes out of one of England’s historic villages and away from the vulnerable ancient holloway.
“We have already raised the funds for launching the claim in the High Court. However, we have not yet raised the funds for taking the case forward to the permission stage and – we hope – on to trial. We will also be at risk of adverse costs if Dorset County Council is successful against us.
We estimate that we need to raise a further £5,000 to cover these costs and cost risks going forward,” said William Kenealy, chairman of the parish council group and leading the crowdfunding project.