Newry Council and Lord Ballyedmond settle long running dispute

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
A dispute between Newry & Mourne District Council and one of the city’s biggest employers has ended in resolution days before the trial was to be heard in court. The case centred on a laneway on Lord Ballyedmond’s property in Rostrevor leading to Killowen Beach. The Council wanted the lane to be made public and the Norbrook boss insisted the lane remained private. Lord Ballyedmond, the richest man in Northern Ireland, agreed as part of the resolution to construct a new coastal pathway with alternative access to the beach in what he described as a ‘gesture of goodwill’. In what has been a long-running saga, Lord Ballyedmond had previously taken out an injunction against the local council to prevent access to the lane. He cited security concerns and possible trespassers for wanting to keep the lane private. The public may now enter the “White Beach” by foot only down Killowen Cottage lane, which is closer to Killowen Village. Both parties believe that the arrangement, which is designed to make public access to the beach more user friendly, is a sensible one. Both parties will bear their own legal costs.
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