Regina v Coventry Airport Ex Parte Phoenix Aviation; Regina v Dover Harbour Board Ex Parte Gilder: Admn 12 Apr 1995

A local authority operator of an airport suspended flights on aircraft transporting livestock; a harbour authority refused to allow cross-Channel services for the export of live animals; and a local authority challenged the decision of a statutory body operating a dock not to ban the export of live animals. In each case what was relied on to justify imposing a ban was the activity and size of the disruptive protests.
Held: None of the bans was lawful under the body’s statutory power but each was, or would have been, unlawful. The authority had given in to unlawful threats. ‘None of them, it appears, gave the least thought to the awesome implications for the rule of law of doing what they propose.’ This was contrary to ‘the thread [which] runs consistently throughout all the case law; the recognition that public authorities must beware of surrendering to the dictates of unlawful pressure groups.’ A lawful trade in live animals was not to be interrupted for fear of public disorder.
Simon Brown LJ, Popplewell J
Independent 13-Apr-1995, Times 17-Apr-1995, [1995] EWHC Admin 1, [1995] 3 All ER 37
England and Wales
Cited by:
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Updated: 02 February 2021; Ref: scu.86452