Gates at Prospect Place in Barnstaple to come down

GATES erected across Prospect Place at Newport in Barnstaple will have to come down after Devon County Council ruled it a public right of way. It overturns a decision in November which decreed the metal barrier could stay, after it was put up by some resi

GATES erected across Prospect Place at Newport in Barnstaple will have to come down after Devon County Council ruled it a public right of way.

It overturns a decision in November which decreed the metal barrier could stay, after it was put up by some residents who were concerned about anti social behaviour and vandalism.

With opinion as divided as the shortcut, a new application to make it a public right of way was submitted by those who said they had used the lane for many years. It was regularly used by Park School pupils as a short cut home.

Councillors at the meeting in County Hall in Exeter voted unanimously to approve the bid after hearing written evidence with 48 deputations from those who said they had used the route as a right of way in the past 20 years.


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Some members of the public spoke in support of the bid, but no one stood against it at the meeting.

Barnstaple County Councillor Chris Haywood said in his opinion the right decision had finally been made for the residents of Newport.

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Nearby Rock Park Terrace, made a right of way at the same November meeting and also sporting a metal barrier put up by a resident, is currently going through the legal process in order for its fence to be removed.

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