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simon3
2017-03-02 09:54:53
Official Scottish Approach to Access.
The following email was reproduced on the trigpointing uk group and gives an idea to how access discussions work in Scotland ...

My name is Jolyon Gritten, I am the Access Manager for Argyll & Bute Council charged with trying to ensure that the Council meets its duties under the Land Reform Scotland Act 2003 to protect and assert the public’s rights of responsible access to land and water.

I am currently involved with an issue at Beinn Tart a' Mhill on Islay - Argyll & Bute. At both locations the landowner has been telling members of the public not to walk on their land and persuading them to walk elsewhere. I am trying to gather information about the land owner’s behaviour and encourage people to report incidents so that if necessary I can take further action.

I would be grateful if you could post the following message on the relevant pages of your website;

Beinn Tart a'Mhuill - http://trigpointing.uk/trig/1240 “

"A number of contributors have noted that they were discouraged from accessing this hill by a land manager in the area. Land managers may ask the public to avoid an area of land or take a different route to allow them to manage the land or to protect their safety i.e. when felling trees or gathering livestock, however the request must be reasonable.
Members of the public have a duty to act responsibly when exercising their access rights, you can find more information about your rights and responsibilities here -http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

If you encounter anyone who tries to stop you from exercising your rights of access, and you believe that their request is unreasonable you should report the incident to the relevant Access Authority. In Argyll & Bute call Jolyon Gritten the Access Manager on 01546 604 314 or email Jolyon.Gritten@argyll-bute.gov.uk. If you feel that the incident was threatening or you were intimidated you should contact Police Scotland on 101 and make a formal report, requesting an Incident No.. Always avoid confrontation even if you feel that the land manager is in the wrong, after all you can always enjoy a walk elsewhere.

For information on reporting incidents elsewhere in Scotland the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has a useful webpage.
https://www.mountaineering.scot/campaigns/safeguarding-access/access-challenges

Jolyon Gritten
Access Manager
Argyll & Bute Council “
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