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Upper Tay Rafting and Angling dispute resolved

 After further discussion between the two parties, the rafting and angling interests on the Upper Tay have reached a compromise agreement that will avoid the need for a legal case.  Angling interests had brought an action against Perth & Kinross Council (as required under Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003). The action was on the basis that the level of rafting activity by rafting companies posed "an unreasonable interference with the rights of anglers".  The Action was due to be contended by the Rafting Companies at Perth Sheriff Court this month, but it has now been cancelled.

The new voluntary agreement, will restrict the rafting companies involved from using a specific stretch of the river on 2.5 consecutive days during the salmon angling season.  These restrictions on commercial rafting are all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and for a portion of the day on Wednesdays. There is no restriction on commercial rafting during the closed season. 

A previous agreement between the parties which restricted commercial rafting on two non- consecutive days had been found to fall short of the angling interest's requirements.

The agreement places no restriction on other water users such as canoeists and kayakers.


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