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Scottish Government consultation on Modification Order to enable temporary closure of core paths

As things stand at present core paths cannot be temporarily closed.  A clause in Scotland’s access legislation means that while there is a procedure to allow access rights to be temporarily suspended over an area of ground where they would normally apply, this procedure does not extend to ground which is designated as a core path. 

Following lengthy discussion of the issue at a number of National Access Forum meetings, the Scottish Government has drafted a Modification Order which, if approved, will mean that core paths can be caught by the temporary exclusion provisions.  A temporary exclusion is normally used where an event is taking place on an area of ground that would ordinarily be within access rights.

Scottish Land & Estates is supportive of the proposed Modification Order.  A member briefing note on the consultation, along with our draft response can be found here.

If you would like more information on the consultation or to comment on our draft response, please contact Anne Gray on 0131 653 5400 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Scottish Government consultation ends on 11th January 2012.  Scottish Land & Estates will submit a response just prior to the Christmas break.



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