Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Countryside Access)

Part of Environment and Rural Development – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 15 March 2007.

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Photo of Dennis Canavan Dennis Canavan Independent 2:15, 15 March 2007

Is the minister aware of the complaints that have been made about the diversion of access funding, given that local authorities received £29.2 million in access funding up to March last year but spent only £17.4 million on access-related activities? Is she also aware of complaints that have been made that the access code is being breached in some areas, including on Balmoral estate, and that some landowners are challenging the 2003 act in the courts? Will she investigate those complaints and remind local authorities that they have a statutory duty to uphold and facilitate access? Will she remind them that selfish landowners must not be allowed to undermine one of the most radical and progressive pieces of legislation that the Parliament has passed?