End in sight for Watermouth access row
THE end could be in sight for a dispute over public right of way at Watermouth Cove Holiday Park near Ilfracombe. After an adjournment in July the government inspector reconvened his inquiry at Berrynarbor Manor Hall on Friday to hear final submissions on
THE end could be in sight for a dispute over public right of way at Watermouth Cove Holiday Park near Ilfracombe.
After an adjournment in July the government inspector reconvened his inquiry at Berrynarbor Manor Hall on Friday to hear final submissions on behalf of Berrynarbor Parish Council and site owners Dave and Vivienne Fry.
It followed a site visit on the previous day attended by around 20 people and now the inspector will consider the evidence and make his decision on whether a right of way exists giving access to the picturesque headland, cliff side walks and fishing spots.
Backed by various evidence from local people, the council insists there has been a right of way there for many years, while the Frys dispute this, saying they need to know who is on the site and have a duty of care to paying guests staying there.
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Devon County Councillors on the public rights of way committee originally voted to allow access, against the recommendation of officers and the Frys appealed, taking it to an inquiry.
The land at Watermouth once belonged to the company which owned nearby Watermouth Harbour, as part of a trust, but was later sold and a campsite created there in the 1960s. The Frys bought the park in 2006.
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It is not known when the inspector's verdict and the decision of the secretary of state will be announced.