Scottish Land and Estates has this week responded to a Government consultation on an Order that would allow core paths to be temporarily close in some circumstances, such as for events or in the case of an exotic disease outbreak. At the present time there is no mechanism to allow core paths to be closed.
Scottish Land & Estates fully support the introduction of measures that would enable core paths to be temporarily closed in line with the existing Section 11 procedure for temporary closure of other land that is within access rights. The Order would also enable core paths to be closed when a wider area of ground is closed to the public during an exotic disease outbreak such as foot and mouth disease. Scottish Land & Estates has also called for core paths that fall within an area where a byelaw that relates to access rights is also enacted. That it isn’t included within the Order seems to us to be an oversight that could easily be corrected at this stage. We have further provided comments on the draft Government guidance that accompanies the Order. We believe that the guidance perhaps suggests a more limited use of closure powers than the access legislation enables and we would like to see the Guidance more clearly reflect the wording of the Land Reform (S) Act itself. To see our full response see: http://www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2902:consultation-response-land-reform-scotland-act-2003-modification-order&catid=39:access&Itemid=100