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Philip Lawson and George Menzies – two ScotWays stalwarts retire

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Our AGM in November saw the retirement of two ScotWays stalwarts, Honorary Vice-President Philip Lawson and Chairman George Menzies.  Over the years ScotWays has benefited from the long and dedicated service of many staff and Directors, but these two have an exceptional record of over half-a-century as Directors between them.

Philip was been a Director of ScotWays since 1981 – yes, that’s 35 years – and Hon. Vice-President since 2010.  His role on the Board was always that of a quiet voice of astute judgement, informed by exceptionally wide field knowledge of Scotland.  He’s one of those hugely committed activists in the Scottish countryside movement who over decades filled multiple roles in varied organisations – we would mention only Donald Moir, Willie Ferris and Donald Bennet among those associated with ScotWays.  Philip was Chairman of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association for over 20 years, earning a hugely deserved MBE along the way, and also served as Treasurer of the Gatliff Trust that runs simple hostels in the Hebrides.  We should also record that over the years Philip saved ScotWays a substantial amount of money in room fees, by quietly arranging for us to have access to meeting rooms in successive Edinburgh Youth Hostels.  We wish him a very well-deserved and peaceful retirement from ScotWays.

Compared to Philip, George is a mere fly-by-night, having become a Director of the Society in 2001 but rising rapidly through the ranks, as his expertise and commitment deserved, to become Vice-Chair in 2002 and Chairman in 2004.  We have benefited hugely from his legal expertise and his genial but always judicious Chairing of Board meetings and AGMs – even though he sometimes couldn’t entirely conceal the fact that his emotions were tied up with events at Murrayfield when body and mind were engaged in the Dewar’s Centre in Perth.  George’s exceptional grasp of the law of access, particularly expressed in his role as our representative to the National Access Forum, and the astute legal judgements he brought to thorny issues like Network Rail’s mass closure of access over level crossings, have earned much respect for him and by association for ScotWays.  We are grateful that George has consented to accept the role of Honorary Adviser, so that we can continue to tap into his specialist knowledge and incisive legal insights, which have been of so much value to the Society. 

We extend our warmest thanks and best wishes to both.

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Further Update

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ScotWays understands that Midlothian Council has served a Section 14 Notice (served on 21st January) on the landowners asking them to remove the inappropriate signage and the barricade.

This action is being taken under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. It gives the landowner 3 weeks in which to lodge an appeal against the Notice. If they do not appeal, then they have a further 3 weeks in which to remove the notices and the barricade.

If they do not do so, the Council has the power to remove the notices and the barricade, the expense of which would fall on the landowners.

 

Happy New Year from ScotWays. It's the January sale!

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Happy New Year to one and all!

You might like to start 2017 with a bargain. If that is so, why not take a look at our Christmas cards, now on offer at £3.00 for our new designs for a pack of ten? If you're quick, you'll be ready for next Christmas!

The two new designs are:

- Reflections, Baddinsgall Reservoir

- Glencorse Reservoir, Pentlands

Our Beinn Eighe notecard is also reduced to £2.25:

Approaching Beinn Eighe from Kinlochewe

It may also interest you to know that our Law Guide is still available at half price - £5, down from £10.
 
Last, but not least, please don't forget that our book Scottish Hill Tracks is available to ScotWays members at a discounted rate of £15 (rrp £18).

Postage is a flatrate of £1.80 (UK) no matter how much you order from our  webshop, so why not take a look at what else we sell? We stock publications by Friends of the Pentlands and the Hallewell pocket walking guides. Every purchase supports our work.
 

Many thanks for your continuing support,
ScotWays

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - further update

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There has been further delay to re-opening this well liked route into Penicuik Estate.

Midlothian Council has been persuaded that an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) should be completed prior to a Section 14 notice being issued under the Land Reform Act. The report of the EqIA will be discussed by the Corporate Management Team at its next meeting on January 18th 2017. If the report is accepted, then a Section 14 notice should be issued shortly thereafter.

ScotWays appreciates the difficulties which the Council has faced this year over this matter, and hope that the access issue will be resolved shortly.

Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Tuesday 20th December 2016, and re-open on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

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 weeks over Christmas and New Year, search requests received after 13th December may not be completed until after we re-open in the New Year. 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 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 2017. 


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