Section 22 — Ploughing of paths

Part of Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:45 am on 23rd January 2003.

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Photo of Allan Wilson Allan Wilson Labour 10:45 am, 23rd January 2003

The amendments in this group provide for the widening and reinstating of paths. Although ploughing is the land-management activity that is most likely to disturb a core path, there are other such activities. Our amendments widen the provision in the bill to make it apply to any disturbance of a core path.

There is no reason why reinstatement should not take place relatively quickly, so we propose to reduce the relevant period from eight weeks to 14 days. As that could result in different requirements, our amendments seek to apply section 22 to all rights of way. We propose to repeal the existing provision in the Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967. Amendment 163 seeks to achieve that.

I move amendment 108.