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Scotways AGM - 17th November 2018

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This year's ScotWays AGM will be held at the Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth PH2 0TH on Saturday 17th November at 1.30pm.

For more information on the Dewars Centre location, please view details here.

The centre is a short walk from Perth railway station, and has plenty of parking.

Lunch will be available at 12 noon, for those who have booked. If you are wanting to attend and have lunch, we will need to know via the ScotWays office no later than Thursday 8th November.

For those not joining us for lunch, tea and coffee will be available before the AGM starts at 1.30pm.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

A copy of last year's draft AGM minutes are available to download.

A copy of this year's Final Accounts to 30 June 2018 are available to download.

 

 

Sheriff Court Success at Cairnbank Road Penicuik

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Midlothian Council is to be congratulated after they won an action to uphold the public right of responsible access along Cairnbank Road into Penicuik Estate, Penicuik.
 
The owners, Stewart and Gemma Manson of Cairnbank Road, blocked the route with an impregnable barrier, inappropriate signs and refused to take them down.  The Council issued a notice under Section 14 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 to have the blockages removed, but the owners appealed the notice and the case was heard at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
 
Evidence heard by the court showed that the blocked path had been used by the public for many years and after due consideration of all the evidence presented, the Sheriff ruled in favour of Midlothian Council.
 
You can read the full judgment on the Scottish Courts websiteMalcolm Combe, author of our new Guide to the Law of Access to Land in Scotland, has also blogged about the case.
 
At the time of writing, the path has not been re-opened and the Mansons may appeal the decision.  We will keep you up to date with developments.
 

Blockage on Right of Way near Gladhouse Reservoir

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We are aware that the ancient route from Maudslie, near Gladhouse to the B7007 (The Granites) road in Borders, has been recently blocked.

 

The blockage at NT 316 524 is by a deer fence, and at NT 314 525 by a padlocked deer gate.

 

It is possible to avoid these blockages by using a stock gate at approx NT 313523, in the short term. It may be quite boggy and wet between the deer gate and the stock gate, it has been delightfully dry this summer, so it is difficult to assess, but the vegetation is rushes, so that probably means bog!

 

Midlothian Council is taking steps to maintain the integrity of this route, but this will take time. If you wish to comment, having used the route, please contact the access officer in Midlothian land&This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and copy ScotWays into your email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Work starts on the Carnoch Bridge, Knoydart

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We’ve just heard that the materials for the replacement bridge have been ordered and it is under construction in a yard in Fort William, from where it will be transported to Mallaig. Meantime, the estate has been taking advantage of the good weather and low water levels to reinforce the piers. 

The plan is for it to be in by winter – hopefully, October, but November at the latest.  However, the timescales for transporting the bridge up the loch and installing it are dependent upon having a good weather window.

Our thanks to all who have contributed.

Click here to view previous article on the bridge.

UPDATE: - Thanks to Mountaineering Scotland for an update on this story (28/8/2018).  The Estate has now said the new bridge will be ready late spring/early summer 2019.  We will keep you updated as we get more news.

Come and work with us!

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We are looking for an Access Enquiries Assistant to help with requests for rights of way searches from the public, solicitors and developers, and a range of other duties to maintain our busy office in Edinburgh.


The post is a full-time, temporary post, 35 hours per week for 12-months, for which the salary is £19,525.  We will consider an application from candidates for a shorter period too.

Please note that 
the Society is currently reviewing its internal processes and it is possible that this post may become permanent in the role as advertised or in a revised role. 

 

These links will tell you more about the person we are looking for job description and person specification.

 

 Applications for this post are now closed.

 


  

HOW TO APPLY:-

 

Please send your CV accompanied by a covering letter setting out  

 

·         How your skills and experience would enable you to meet the requirements of this post as outlined in the person specification and job description, providing specific examples 

·         Why you want this job (in no more than 100 words) 

·         Whether you would prefer a 12 month or shorter contract.

·         Details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Please state whether we may contact them prior to interview. 

·         Whether you are currently eligible for employment in the UK.

 

Please state what documentation you can provide to demonstrate this, e.g. British passport/European Economic Area identity card/full birth certificate/passport or travel document showing an authorisation to reside and work in the UK. 

Please submit your application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9am on the closing date of Monday 20 August 2018

The application date for this post has now passed.  Thanks for all your interest.

Applications received afterwards may not be considered.

If a job offer is made, the candidate will be required to fill in simple forms covering any relevant health issues and criminal convictions.  Referees are not normally contacted prior to a job offer.  Thus, any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references and no unacceptable issues under health and criminal convictions. 

Thank you for your interest in the post. If you do not hear within three weeks after the closing date, please assume that your application is unlikely to have been successful on this occasion. 

Carnoch Bridge, Knoydart

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In the years after the Second World War, a large part of Knoydart was a very private estate where walkers and climbers were not welcome. By the early 1970s, the estate had been sold and the whole outlook towards visitors to the area changed. In 1977, the Mountain Bothies Association re-built the byre at Sourlies at the head of Loch Nevis, with the co-operation of the estate contrasting sharply with the previous owner who had blown up the house nearby to deter poachers using it as a shelter. ScotWays helped finance the building of the bothy and it was opened by George Cheyne of the Society.

In 1981, St Andrews University MC and the Corriemulzie MC constructed a suspension bridge over the River Carnoch as a memorial to two of their members. The late Donald Bennet of the Society was heavily involved in the project as a civil engineer. This bridge began to deteriorate over time and efforts were made to get the Army to build a replacement bridge, but to no avail. The Estate Manager did a good job in replacing some of the planks and stays but the recent floods where the water level was over the deck caused severe damage to the structure and it was removed earlier this year as it was too dangerous to cross.

The Estate has commissioned a new girder bridge of two spans with a higher clearance than the previous bridge. The cost of this structure is £32,000 delivered to Mallaig and then there will be the cost of transport to the site and assembling the components there. Low water level will be required to rebuild the central pier and fair weather to transport the structure to site. Such weather can be rare in that part of Scotland! The Estate is seeking financial assistance from the outdoor community who value keeping such an important route open. It is the main route for walkers into Knoydart from the south and is now part of the Cape Wrath Trail.

At the recent Directors' meeting, £5,000 was allocated from ScotWays' funds to be paid on completion of the bridge, and we are delighted that the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, Mountaineering Scotland and the Mountain Bothies Association have also promised financial support. We are approaching other outdoor organisations to assist with funding. If any individual member would like more information or would wish to support this project, please contact David Dixon via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.