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Inquiry over Clarkson's footpath
Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson said people were staring into his kitchen window
An inquiry is to be held over a footpath dispute between famous Isle of Man resident Jeremy Clarkson and a group of local ramblers.

The BBC Top Gear presenter has been criticised after he fenced-off part of his land that is popular with walkers.

He has said he put the fence up near his Langness lighthouse home as people were staring into his kitchen window.

The Department of Transport said that plans for the inquiry will go before Tynwald to be finalised next month.

Langness Lighthouse - courtesy of
Jeremy Clarkson owns land near the lighthouse

Legal advice had been sought by the government over the dispute between the Public Right Of Way Langness (Prowl) group, which wants the path to reopen.

A Department of Transport spokesman said: "The footpath in question follows the route from the Department of Transport's car park around the coastline and passes to the seaward side of the Langness lighthouse."

The dispute over the path has run since 2005.

It is not a public right of way but classed as a "permissive" route.

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