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Free the Quay: Essex campaigners celebrate village green court ruling

The owners put a fence up around the quay in 2008. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People living at Mistley in Essex are celebrating after winning a court judgement which will allow them to use the village's waterfront quay.

The area was sealed off by the owners of the Port of Mistley in 2008.

Residents argued that it was legally classified as a village green and they had a right to use it.

They formed a group called 'Free the Quay' which today (October 5) won a Court of Appeal judgement which upheld the quay's status as a village green.

“This is a significant victory for the people of Mistley, who have been determined not to allow the aggressive actions of TW Logistics in the erection of the fence and the conduct of the long drawn out proceedings to deter them from fighting for the recognition of their rights to use the quay.”

– Simon Bullimore, Chairman of Free the Quay

The decision of the Court of Appeal will not result in the immediate removal of the fence along the edge of the quay - but residents are calling on TW Logistics to take it down.

The Free the Quay campaigners are planning to hold a celebration on October 14.

TW Logistics have been approached for comment.