HILLINGDON’S council leader was understandably disappointed at a High Court decision today (28) to reject a legal challenge by five councils to the Mayor of London’s ULEZ expansion scheme.

The expansion is now expected to go ahead as planned on Tuesday, August 29, with anyone driving a non-compliant vehicle in the expanded zone expected to pay £12.50 per day.  

Cllr Ian Edwards said: “Even the Mayor’s own supporters are now saying it is the wrong time to be expanding this scheme.

“Many thousands of low-income earners, vulnerable people, ordinary workers and small businesses, who are the beating heart of our borough, will have to shoulder further costs which they cannot afford.

“It will cause even greater financial hardship and, for some, it will cause the loss of business or employment.

“We will continue our fight on behalf of our residents and business through Parliament and at next year’s mayoral election. 

“I am proud we had the courage and conviction to stand up for our residents and businesses, and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in or who has sent messages of support.”