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Deemster dismisses Clarksons' footpath appeal

Fri, 27 Apr 2012  08:07

The Clarksons' lighthouse at Langness
The Clarksons' lighthouse at Langness

The Department of Infrastructure can now bring in public rights of way on Langness.

A judgment made by Deemster Doyle yesterday found no reason to rule against the findings of a public enquiry held in 2009.

Landowners TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and his wife Frances believe a public right of way so close to their property on Langness would breach their human rights.

However, the Deemster found the right of way of the public to be a higher priority.

The row over the public's right to walk on the footpaths at Langness has been ongoing for a number of years after the Clarksons closed off a section of a footpath running close to their kitchen window.

The report into the public enquiry was published in 2010, and found that there were a number of rights of way on the peninsula.

Several parties appealed against those findings, including the Clarksons, Castletown Golf Links and a farmer who works on the land.

Concerns were also raised over health and safety and criminal damage.

Deemster Doyle says the public must use rights of way in a legal and reasonable manner.

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