No further on in Langness dispute

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THREE years down the line and we’re no further down the line in resolving the Langness access dispute.

That was the claim in the House of Keys from Bill Malarkey (Douglas South) after former Transport Minister David Anderson gave an update on progress.

Mr Anderson told MHKs that the issue was now in the hands of the High Court, with a preliminary hearing having taken place this week.

The dispute broke out when Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson re-routed a short stretch of the coastal footpath to protect his privacy in his Lighthouse Cottages holiday home.

A public inquiry followed after which inspector Roy Hickey concluded a number of paths on the peninsula were public rights of way. But the Clarksons and other landowners objected.

Mr Anderson said the inquiry cost £26,000 and legal costs of £24,000 had been incurred to date.

Mr Malarkey said that ‘three years further down the line’ we were ‘absolutely no further on’.

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