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21 February 2003
Land Reform (Scotland) Bill
SNH Recreation and Access Update:
Access Legislation Bulletin: News Letter No.19 (Click
The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was approved
by the Scottish Parliament on 23rd January 2003.
Once the Scottish Outdoor Access Code is approved
the provisions within the Bill will become effective expected
Readers of Land-Care would do well to read this
Update News Letter No. 19 (1) (and subsequent ones)
carefully. It indicates how the matter of Access to land is developing.
It may affect you substantially.
News Letter No. 19 focuses on the Bill amendments
which are new and require interpretation.
Significant reference is also made to the Access
SNH intends to start
the consultation on the draft Access Code by the end of March 2003.
The consultation will then last for at least 12 weeks. The consultation
will be advertised in the national press and people can track progress
by visiting SNHs website (www.snh.org.uk).
The Draft Access Code currently on the SNH website
(2) is dated 21st December 2001 and is out of date.
It is presently being redrafted by SNH following the approval of
the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament last
SNH states that this redrafted
Access Code will be available at the end of March just as
the 12 week consultation period begins. SNH state that it will not
be available before then.
SNH inform that parts of the new version of the
Access Code will not be negotiable as they are part of the Land
Reform Bill. Land-Care has been assured that some parts will be
subject amendment through consultation.
If you want to receive a copy of the draft Access
Code when it becomes available you should contact Bridget Dales
on 01738 444177 or on firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. SNH Recreation and Access Update
No 19 (February 2003). Access legislation Bulletin News Letter (Download
in Microsoft Word format).
2. Previous (outdated) Draft Scottish
Outdoor Access Code (December 2001). Public access to the outdoors:
your rights and responsibilities. Access to the outdoors: a national
asset to enjoy and look after (Download