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Deemster dismisses Clarksons' footpath appeal

Fri, 27 Apr 2012

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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