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ScotWays at Easter 2020

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ScotWays will be closed for the long Easter weekend on both Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April, re-opening on Tuesday 14th April.


General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working hard to answer as many enquiries as possible before the Easter break. If we don’t manage to attend to yours, 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 email to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be in touch once we are back at our desks.

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We are currently only just meeting our target of responding to all rights of way search requests within 10 working days of receiving them in our office, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our staff are not at work over Easter, search requests may not be completed until after the holiday. If your search request is urgent, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss when we will be able to complete it.

Covid-19
ScotWays is monitoring access problems resulting from the current Covid-19 pandemic, so if you encounter any issues, please do let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. providing a description of the location in question, along with grid references and/or photographs if possible. 

NB The ScotWays office is currently closed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are aiming to continue our usual service as far as possible with staff working from home. 

Locked Down? Outdoor Access in Scotland and COVID-19 Public Health Measures

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In March 2020 with the growing spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, the Scottish Government introduced the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 to help tackle the pandemic.  How do these regulations interact with the existing world-renowned Scottish rights of access?  Malcolm Combe, author of the ScotWays Guide to the Law of Access to Land in Scotland answers that question in this paper.

 

COVID-19 and Solicitor Searches

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We are intending to keep our service going as much as we can in light of the current pandemic.  Our office is now closed with staff working from home, which means we can’t deal with letters arriving at the office by post. 

To help us to maintain our enquiry service, all search requests should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and all search reports will be sent back out by email too.

To ensure that we have all the information that we need to carry out your search request from home, please provide the information requested in our Catalogue of Rights of Way Search Form with each request.

Rather than paying by cheque, please make payment by bank transfer to prevent any extra interruption in our service to you.  Details to allow you to do this are shown on every invoice.

You can keep up-to-date with our status on our website.

If anyone has questions or comments, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks for your help!

Appeal For New Directors

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We are recruiting new Directors from our membership to play key roles in steering the strategic direction and the ongoing governance of the organisation whilst ensuring members' interests are fully considered in everything we do.

We seek nominations of, or applications from, members who have skills in practical access issues, in strategic management, in public relations and external communication and in law, government or human resource management. This sounds a long list, but if you have, or know of a member who has, any of these skills as well as a determination to uphold public access we'd love to hear from you.

We've made some exciting changes over the last couple of years ·to prepare ScotWays for the future. We need a Board with a range of skills and experience to continue to move us forward. We aim for diverse Board membership and geographical location is no barrier to playing a valuable role. 

We look forward to hearing from you. Please take. a look at our Board recruitment pack on our downloads page.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 April 2020. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic and ScotWays

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I’m sure the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic hasn’t escaped your attention and you may be wondering how it is affecting ScotWays operations.

We’re following the Scottish Government Guidance and, as you know, this can change daily, so here is a rundown of what is happening:

 

Summary: Working from Home until Further Notice.

Office: Closed.

Office volunteers: not operating just now sorry.  We'll let you know when we are open and ready for you to come back in.

Outside volunteers: suspended whilst non-essential travel ban in place.

Walks programme: Suspended until July.

Last updated: 20 Mar 2020 at 11:20.

 

How our changes may affect you

Most of our work is by email or phone so we hope to be able to continue a near-normal level of service.  

Whilst our office is closed:

  • post will not be dealt with,
  • a telephone messaging system will operate, and
  • our webshop will be unavailable since we won’t be able to process orders.

The best way to contact us just now is by email.

ScotWays - Small Grants Scheme 31 May 2020 Deadline

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The ScotWays small grants scheme aims to help organisations fund a project up to 50% of the total budget for the project.

The scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500. It is hoped that this might enable organisations to achieve the completion of a community-based/access-related project which might not otherwise be able to proceed.

Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

The next submission date for applications is 31st May 2020, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by mid to end of July 2020.

For further details please visit our downloads page where you’ll find an explanatory letter and the application form.