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Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Friday 22nd December 2017 and re-open on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working hard to answer as many enquiries as possible before Christmas, but unfortunately as we are very busy at present some of you may have to wait until the New Year to receive a response.

ScotWays webshop: Once the office is closed, we will not be processing any more orders until we re-open in the New Year. The good news is that there'll probably then be a sale offer on our remaining Christmas cards!

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We aim to respond to all formal search requests within 5 working days of receiving them in our office, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our office will be closed for two-and-a-half weeks over Christmas and New Year, any search request received after 5pm on Friday 15th December 2017 may not be completed until after we re-open on 10th January 2018. If your search request is urgent, please contact us before we close for the holidays to discuss when we will be able to complete it. 

Office volunteers: The office will be closed for two-and-a-half weeks over Christmas and the New Year, so please take a well-earned break! Very many thanks for all your hard work, we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at ScotWays!

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Further Update

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Although the hearing for this case in Edinburgh Sheriff Court was set down to take a week, it appears to be taking much longer than anticipated. ScotWays understands that it has now been set down for another week from 8th to 12th January 2018 and there will be a further hearing after that, the date for which will be decided in January.

The ScotWays Signposting Survey

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ScotWays has been signposting rights of way since it started in 1845.  The biggest push was probably between 1995-2006 where over 2,000 signs were installed. 

 

Today signposting is being undertaken by many organisations, including local communities and landowners.  Access authorities alone have signposted 12,341 km of the core paths in Scotland (57%).

 

Given the increasing signposting work done by others should ScotWays still signpost paths?  If it does still signpost routes, which are the ones it should signpost?  Are the types of signpost used today still the correct ones to use?

 

The time has come for ScotWays to consider its part in the signposting process and we wanted to know what you thought.  Our survey has now closed, but check back after our AGM to see what people told us.

 

George MacQuarrie

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We are sad to note the passing of George MacQuarrie, on 27 June 2017. George was our previous National Secretary, retiring from ScotWays in 2014. There will be a tribute to George in our annual report later this year. His wife, Edith, and family are in our thoughts.

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Further Update

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This matter has now progressed to the Sheriff Court and ScotWays has just heard that a hearing has been fixed for 6th to 13th November.

A further update will be provided once the outcome of the hearing is known. 

ScotWays at Easter 2017

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The ScotWays office will be closed on Friday 14th April 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 18th April 2017.


General rights of way and access enquiries: We are currently receiving a large number of enquiries, and we are working hard to answer as many as possible before the Easter break. Unfortunately, we will not manage to respond to everyone, in which case we apologise for the delay in our response. If you are concerned not to have heard from us, please do feel free to drop us a reminder via post or email and we will be in touch once the office has re-opened

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We are currently just meeting our target of responding to all rights of way search requests within 5 working days of receiving them in our office, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our office will be closed over Easter, search requests received after Thursday 7th April may not be completed until after the holiday. If your search request is urgent, please contact us to discuss when we will be able to complete it.