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Footpath could be re-opened
Thatcher Point
The path had to be closed due to subsidence
Part of the historic South West footpath which has been closed for five years could be set to re-open.

The stretch at Thatcher Point in Torquay had to be closed because part of it subsided.

But now it is hoped a local landowner will allow the path to cut through his land.

For years, the path and its spectacular views of Torbay were enjoyed by ramblers and holidaymakers before it subsided.

The grounds of neighbouring Thatcher House have since split the remaining path and its owner did not want it cutting through his property.

The route is a public right of way, which led to a dispute.

But it is hoped that, with the landowner's blessing, a compromise will be reached which will enable walkers to return to the route.

Dominic Acland of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust said: "We finally are talking to legal people.

"They've been authorised to get the path open, so we are very hopeful at the moment."

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