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Ruling 'should be acknowledged' - PRoWL

A pressure group believes a ruling by the House of Lords on Rights of Way legislation means a coastal path at Langness must be re-opened for everybody to use.

Public Rights of Way Langness, or PRoWL, is distributing leaflets to houses in the south of the Island claiming a Law Lords' decision 'must be acknowledged here'.

The group says in June UK case law was re-written, and now an owner of land used by the public who does not not intend it to be dedicated as a public highway must tell the users of the land.

PRoWL says the path in question became a public highway when it was used for the required period of 21 years during which the owner neither confirmed nor denied permission.

In other words it's too late to exclude members of the public from the route.

The land in question is owned by TV personality Jeremy Clarkson.

Manx Radio hopes to have clarification of the legal relevance of the Law Lords' ruling in, the Isle of Man later today.

(Picture: Langness Lighthouse from iomguide.com).

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