Thursday, 16 June 2011

Muir welcomes action to reclaim King John's Walk as Right of Way

Picture of path previously blocked
I welcome the decision by North Down Borough Council to take decisive action to re-open King John’s Highway which has been blocked since August 2010 until earlier this week when it was mysteriously re-opened.

Following sustained lobbying from me, local people and a substancial petition calling for action I am pleased that the Council intend to refer the matter to the Courts in the next few weeks in order to remove to blockage and have King John’s Walk asserted in law as a Public Right of Way.

Last week I handed over a petition to North Down Borough Council containing over 250 signatures calling for the obstructions to be removed forthwith and for all relevant statutory bodies to ensure that future generations can safely enjoy this Right of Way. The case for action is therefore clear.

People have been denied access to this ancient path for nearly a year and, whilst disappointed that action to re-open the path has taken far too long, I am glad that the situation will hopefully be resolved soon.

Future generations should soon  be able to follow this Right of Way once again which was originally followed by King John who apparently passed through Holywood in 1210 en route to Dublin.

Further information
When the Normans invaded Ulster in the 12th century fortifications such as Holywood Motte were widely seen across the land. King John passed through Holywood in 1210 on his journey from Carrickfergus to Dublin. He is said to have “spent the night” of Thursday July 29 in the Government Bailey situated on the Motte before heading on to Dundonald by way of Victoria Road and Croft Road (formally King John’s Highway) to stay at Dundonald Motte (where he lost 2 pence playing cards!).

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