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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Telegraph

Complaint:

A woman complained that an article which reported on a public footpath row in Bridport, Dorset contained inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification in addition to making a note of the issues raised by the complainant on its internal records:

‘Further to our article “Police investigate public footpath row” (31 May) we would like to make the following points clear: The route of the proposed diversion of the footpath has been consistently objected to over the last ten years by local residents, walkers and The Ramblers Association. The objectors claim that the proposed diversion would result in the loss of beautiful views and of links with a network of footpaths and that road usage would be increased as would the distance between the beginning and end of the footpath. Objectors have used the legal and democratic processes to voice their concerns and the outcome of the public inquiry held in 2006 (Order ref: FPS/Y1245/4/7) was that the proposed diversion was judged to be “substantially less convenient to the public", and "the effect on the public would be more detrimental than the effect on the Applicants arising from not diverting the path”.’

Report: 77



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