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21 February 2003

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

SNH Recreation and Access Update:
Access Legislation Bulletin: News Letter No.19 (Click here)

(Filed 21/2/03)

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 early 2004.

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 Code.

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 SNH’s 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The Draft Access Code currently on the SNH website (2) is dated 21st December 2001 and is out of date.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 month.

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 soac-consultation@snh.org.uk.

 

References

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 Previous (outdated) Draft Scottish Outdoor Access Code (December 2001).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 PDF [208KB]).