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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Public right of way

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Over the last year I have been working with members of walking groups in the Groomsport and wider North Down area regarding the issues of both over development in Groomsport and Public Rights of Way. I promised them before the summer I would do all I could to further protect the rights of individuals to use our coastal path.

Over the last year I have been working with members of walking groups in the Groomsport and wider North Down area regarding the issues of both over development in Groomsport and Public Rights of Way. I promised them before the summer I would do all I could to further protect the rights of individuals to use our coastal path. This is in light of the over development in the two static home parks between Groomsport and Orlock. I am therefore delighted, after working for some time with Council Officers on this issue, we are witnessing a very positive development. 

This week the Leisure Committee in Council has passed a report which will assert [in legislation] a significant stretch of path between Groomsport and Orlock as a Public Right of Way. This natural heritage, which we are so blessed with in North Down, should rightfully be protected. This is in conjunction with Lifestyle Homes’ offer to allow walkers access to an alternative path through their park should they wish to avail of it. I assure all interested parties that I will make sure this offer is also seen through to fruition. I’m very glad to see Council live up to its legislative duty as a Council to ‘assert, protect and keep open any public right of way’ so that future generations can enjoy our beautiful coastline. This decision still needs to be ratified by full Council at the end of the month but I feel positive that the right outcome will be achieved. I know this welcomed by all who value our coastline and especially those who avail of its wonderful paths to walk along. 

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