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SOAN Sharing Best Practice Event – Loch Earn Railway Path (LERP), St. Fillans – Sharing Best Practice to improve our local shared use paths and strategic long distance routes
Join SOAN partners for a site visit looking at how we can better develop, design, manage and promote our local and long distance shared use paths.
This good practice event will highlight the multi-year, multi-phase development of the Loch Earn Railway Path (LERP), formed on the route of the disused Caledonian Railway and linking the villages of Comrie, St Fillans and Lochearnhead. This event is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a better understanding around the planning, design, funding and practical implementation considerations of shared-use path infrastructure. It will be led by Cycling Scotland’s project delivery specialists (T,P&E), who acted as project managers on all phases of these works, with support from Paths for All and input from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and community representatives.
Who should attend?
Those working to support and improve access to outdoor environments and greenspace including outdoor access/planning professionals, those involved in active travel infrastructure and community path groups.
Date: Wed 24th January 2018 Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Sandison Hall, St. Fillans, Perth and Kinross.
£40 per person. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival and a buffet lunch is included at 12.45pm.
Numbers are limited, so to avoid disappointment we recommend that bookings are made as soon as possible.
Directions to venue:
By bus (15A):
Although relatively infrequent during the winter months, there is a daily bus service to St Fillans during the winter months, travelling between Perth and Stirling and which stops at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Fillans. Further details on the route can be found here.
Unfortunately, the nearest train station is approx. 20 miles away at Gleneagles.
The post code for the meeting point is PH6 2NF. Access is via the A85 from either Comrie, to the east, or Lochearnhead, to the west. Free parking: is available at the Sandison Hall
A minibus will be travelling to the venue from Dunblane at 9.45am and will return immediately after the event has ended. Space will be allocated on a first come basis and can be requested within the booking form. If you would like to take advantage of this option, at no additional cost, please book as soon as possible.
Grading your community paths
Learn about the new path grading system and how you can use it to promote your community paths
Date: 20 October 2017
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: SRUC, Oatridge Campus, Ecclesmachan, Broxburn EH52 6NH
The access world has changed enormously since the legislation came into effect in February 2005, and this change continues. The Land Reform Act 2003 is no longer new legislation but has bedded in and become an established aspect of Scottish life. While there are still some problems relating to its implementation, there is a growing body of case law, practice and expertise. As part of a wider context, however, external challenges are affecting the roles of staff working within access, and meaning that different ways of delivery need to be considered. This is partly due to an on-going reduction in public funding at all levels, especially when spending on countryside, parks, ranger services and access is often seen as an easy hit within local authorities who have difficult budget choices to make. Nevertheless, the government’s priorities of improving wellbeing and reducing health and social inequalities rely heavily on enabling more people to enjoy the outdoors and gain all the benefits that brings, which means investment in access management is a crucial foundation for achieving these outcomes. And then there’s the tumultuous constitutional context across the UK with the potential loss of European funding for community projects and agricultural support.
This event will focus on the current and future challenges faced by the access world, and discuss new directions and different ways of working to help us navigate through the choppy waters ahead.
The usual £50 price per delegate applies. Please see the abbreviated programme below:
9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-10.15 Welcome and Setting the Scene
10.15-11.30 Plenary: health check on the outdoor access sector:
- Scotways’ overview of the sector – challenges and constraints
- FCS overview of the sector – challenges and constraints
- The health agenda
- Access & the active travel agenda
- Access officers – challenges & constraints
11.30-12.00 Coffee break
12.00-12.15 S14 Sheriff Appeal Court result, key points and lessons learned – Loch Lomond & The Trossachs NPA
12.15-13.00 The future of SOAN
13.00-14.30 Lunch and AGM
14.30-15.35 Group sessions:
- Training programme for the future – what do you need and in what format?
- Update on funding landscape
- Update on the new s.27 local authority guidance
- Community empowerment
15.35-16.00 Plenary discussion drawing conclusions from the day, closing remarks
Please use the booking form below:
BHS Conference, 10th November 2016
Path Grading for Professional Course, 22nd September 2016
ScotWays is recruiting for a newly created post of Development Officer. With experience of access or a keen interest in the outdoors, the Development Officer will work to strengthen our member and volunteer networks and increase the profile of the Society. The successful candidate will work closely with the volunteer Board and with other staff (3 full time equivalents) and will represent the Society when dealing with a wide variety of stakeholders: Local Authorities, members, volunteers, local access forum reps, land owners and managers and other organisations in the same arena. The scope of the role covers member and volunteer engagement, investigating and resolving access and sign post problems, increasing public awareness, internal feedback systems, handling disputes and identifying and helping to deliver funded projects which develop, enhance or preserve access in Scotland.
The role may be based from home with regular contact with our office in Edinburgh and could be undertaken part time (3 days a week minimum) or full time.
Closing date Monday 8 August 2016 at 9am, interviews in Edinburgh on 24 or 25 August 2016.
For more information please follow the link:
UPAG have released a new edition of the Upland Path Management manual which provides advice and best practice for everyone involved in upland path management. All sections have been updated, with new chapters considering whether pathwork is the most sustainable solution and Consents and Planning. The link is below:
The old paper copies are now very out of date, so please recycle.