A sleepy town in Hampshire is reeling at news that their new bus link has been trashed from the Court of Appeal.
Hampshire County Council are pressing forward with a new 3 mile bus lane between the towns of Gosport and Fareham but have admitted that repeated court appeals against the work has resulted in a shortage of cash to buy buses to run on it.
The whole story started in 2007 when the proposal was put forward. Resident Viv, whose substantial garden backs onto the route - itself a former railway line - appealed to the council committee when the application was first discussed, but lost in her battle to get the work stopped.
Numerous appeals have been lodged using legal aid to save the hundreds of hand puppets in the shape of badgers and rabbits that now live along the disused railway and when these failed, further appeals for the paper bats that now hang high above.
Resident Viv is currently awaiting a court hearing at the Supreme Court as her retired QC, representing her using tax payers legal aid for the 7th time, promises that if this appeal fails, then they will be petitioning The Hague's War Crime Tribunal to intervene.
As a result of these appeals, the Council have announced that the 3 mile Bus Rapid Transit route will be altered and the new direct service to Fareham Railway station will be operated by three-wheeled tuk-tuks in order to save some of the £120,000 already spent on defending the action.