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Job Opportunity - Access Enquiries Assistant

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Access Enquiries Assistant

ScotWays seeks an Access Enquiries Assistant to help with requests from the public, rights of way searches and a range of duties to maintain a busy office.

The post is part-time, based on 2 days per week, for which the salary is £7,000 (pro rata from £17,500).

For further details and an application form, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forms to be submitted by email attachment by 3.00pm on Friday 20th December 2013.

ScotWays AGM 2013

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The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (ScotWays)
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 23rd November 2013

Our AGM will be held at the Dewars Centre, Perth, PH2 0TH. The Centre is a short walk from Perth Train Station and there is plenty of parking.

Lunch will be available at 12.30, for those who have booked.

The AGM will start at 2pm. The formal business will be followed by a presentation on Paths For All Abilities from Mark Palmer, Access Officer, North Lanarkshire Council.

ScotWays members will receive an AGM notice and booking form, along with an Annual Report, in the post. A link to the draft minutes from last year's AGM is below - paper copies will be available at the AGM and are also available on request from the office.

If you would like to attend our AGM, please contact the office for full details and a booking form.





ScotWays Christmas cards!

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New ScotWays Christmas Cards for 2013!

We have four brand new designs this year; Arkle reflected in Loch Stack by Nicola Howarth, Summit of West Cairn Hill, Pentlands by Debbie Ramage, Jock's Road by Iain Dow and Ben Nevis, north-east buttress by Alan MacQuarrie. All four designs are sure to prove popular, so order soon to avoid disappointment.

The packs of Christmas cards contain 10 cards (approx 15cm x 10cm) of a single design, plus envelopes. They are available to buy from our online shop, here. Alternatively, you can send a cheque, made payable to ScotWays, to our office at 24 Annandale Street, Edinburgh. Please remember to add a flat rate of £1.50 per order to help cover postage and packing.  If you want to avoid the postage and packing charge, why not pop into our office on Annandale Street? Do give us a ring to let us know you are coming though, so we can make sure there is someone here to let you in!

Remember, 100% of profits from the sale of our cards go directly to ScotWays funds, so why not take a look at our packs of note cards too? They make great stocking fillers. Incidentally, another previously popular Christmas card Corrour Station from Loch Ossian by Jim Crosthwaite, has been reprinted as a note card.

Organisations unite to call for enhanced wild land protection

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ScotWays is one eight organisations concerned with conservation, wild lands and access to the countryside which jointly issued an open letter in early July calling for greater protection for Scotland’s landscapes. The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, John Muir Trust, Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the Munro Society, National Trust for Scotland, Ramblers Scotland, the Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society (ScotWays)  and the Scottish Wild Land Group - between them representing over 350,000 members - welcomed moves by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage to safeguard Scotland’s landscapes, but said that the existing proposals do not go far enough:

 

“We support the increased protection proposed for National Parks and National Scenic Areas, although this merely formalises the present de facto position. Such protection should apply also where development is proposed beyond their boundaries that would impact on the very qualities they were established to safeguard.”

 

In the letter, the organisations question whether or not the wording of the draft Scottish Planning Policy and National Planning Framework is tight enough:

 

“The current draft states that (in National Nature Reserves and other important areas) wind power developments will be acceptable ‘where it can be demonstrated that any significant effects on the qualities for which the area is identified can be substantially improved by siting, design or mitigation’. This will allow inappropriate developments to be approved because of lack of clarity in using subjective words such as ‘significant’ and ‘substantially’ when set against the primacy afforded in government policy to economic and energy development.”

 

The organisations also raise concern that local democratic processes may be undermined by national-level decision-making:

 

“If local authorities and their electorates think particular local landscapes are important then this should not be over-ridden nationally.”

 

 

The full letter will shortly be available from the Downloads page of this website, see tab above.

Borders Railway and the Crichton to Borthwick right of way

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Our Summer Newsletter included an article by John Pope (Chair of Midlothian Access Forum & ScotWays Director) outlining the work ScotWays has been doing to protect rights of way and other paths affected by the re-instated Borders Railway. 

In his article, John anticipated that the right of way from Crichton to Borthwick would be temporarily closed and soon. This route is John's favourite right of way, but finding its line can be tricky in places, so he has for some time been producing a short guide for those who wish to explore this beautiful and historically interesting right of way. A temporary crossing point over the former Waverley Line is now in place and John has kindly updated his guide - download it for free from the Downloads section of this website. 
 
 
Newsflash (May 2014): unfortunately we have to report that this right of way has been blocked by a deer fence. John Pope is in contact with Midlothian Council's access team about the matter. An update will be posted here as soon as we hear any more, but for the time being this ancient right of way is impassable.

Job Opportunity - Heritage Paths Officer (Fife)

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Heritage Paths Officer (Fife)

ScotWays seeks a Heritage Paths Officer to deliver a project on the feasibility of a path from St Andrews to Dunfermline. The project is the Fife Pilgrimage Route and will incorporate and link existing paths.

The post is part-time, based on 104 days, for which the salary is £10,000, and will complete by 31st March 2014. The person will be able to work independently and in close liaison with key partners, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Fife Council. Experience of landowner negotiation and path construction is essential.

For further details and an application form, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forms to be submitted by email attachment by 3.00pm on 3rd June 2013.