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Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
SNH publishes their comments on consultation responses plus a revised draft Access Code

Editorial

Filed 23 Dec 03
© www.land-care.org.uk


Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have put the agenda and papers of their recent Main Board Meeting on their website, www.snh.org.uk

Papers relating to the consideration of the Draft Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) can be accessed using

http://www.snh.org.uk/board/detail.asp?id=183

They include:

Submission: Submission of proposed SOAC and supporting reports to Scottish Ministers

Annex 1: The process of consultation and analysis of representations on the draft SOAC

Annex 2A: Draft concluding statements drawn from the analysis of representations made on the consultation draft of the SOAC

Annex 2B: Example of report 2 presentation for general question 3 and question 8: Conclusions drawn from the analysis of representations made on the draft SOAC

Annex 3: Implementation of the access legislation: issues raised during the consultation on the draft SOAC

Annex 4: Revised Draft Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) dated 5th December 2003

Land-Care will comment shortly on the above, having previously read a substantial number of the written submissions to SNH in response to the Consultation they invited on the draft SOAC published earlier in the year.

Land-Care would urge as many persons as possible to read these responses for themselves to assess whether SNH through their own assessment of their own draft SOAC have carried out this task without bias.

In the view of Land-Care they have not and indeed it would be surprising if they had - it is notoriously difficult to be a fair creator, judge and jury - all in one. It would have been much better if some independent body had been given the task of assessing and reporting on the 1362 written responses SNH received.

It is understood that the SNH Board insisted on some alterations to the draft SOAC dated 5 Dec 03 as presented to them. Just what these alterations are is not known to Land-Care.

The ill-conceived legislation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act, coupled with how the draft SOAC is shaping up under the same SNH hand, is going to cause more strife than harmony in the countryside, especially close to urban settlements. It will further seriously damage the efficiency and quality of farming and its involvement with conservation and biosecurity especially in these areas.

This was a repeated message in the consultation responses, but somehow SNH in its self-analysis of these responses did not seem to read it or report it that way.

Please try to get time to read the responses for yourself. If you are not happy with SNH's analysis, contact your MSP.

The written responses by the public to the SNH Consultation Paper on the draft Scottish Outdoor Access Code can be viewed during normal urban office hours by appointment at SNH offices at Battleby, by Perth or in Edinburgh.

www.land-care.org.uk

Further Reading recommended by Land-Care

Editorial (2003). Re-drafted SNH SOAC pays little heid to consultation responses
See SCOTTISH OUTDOOR ACCESS CODE Homepage, filed 2 Dec 03, www.land-care.org.uk (Click Here to View)

Editorial (2003). Who runs Scottish Natural Heritage?
See SOCIAL/ECONOMIC/POLITICAL Homepage, filed 17 Oct 03, www.land-care.org.uk (Click Here to View)

Irvine, James (2003). Does SNH conduct itself as an honest broker, or as a political manipulator?
See SCOTTISH OUTDOOR ACCESS Homepage, filed 25 Oct 03, www.land-care.org.uk (Click Here to View)

Irvine, James (2003). Scottish Natural Heritage’s Policy on Access. Is it being mis-sold in relation to enclosed Farmland next to Urban Communities? A Report on the Press Conference held by SNH at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh, June 2000.
See SCOTTISH OUTDOOR ACCESS CODE Homepage, filed 7 Jan 03, www.land-care.org.uk (Click Here to View)

Irvine, James (2003). SNH Conference September 2000. Enjoyment and Understanding of the Natural Heritage: Finding the New Balance between Rights and Responsibilities. A Review of the Proceedings
Reproduced, with minor updates, from LandCare Scotland, Vol. 1: 25-32
See SCOTTISH OUTDOOR ACCESS CODE Homepage, filed 22 Jan 03, www.land-care.org.uk (Click Here to View)