As many people will be aware, an issue has arisen in relation to access to Walk A3, Broomlee. The owner of the land across which a section of the route runs has erected fencing to enclose an area for grazing. This has led to considerable concern among members of the community who regularly use this route. NTP has been is discussion with the landowner to seek to reach a reasonable compromise position that will allow access to continue without creating excessive cost or risk for the landowner. At the time of writing, the installation of stiles has been proposed. While this is clearly not the best of all possible solutions and will prevent access for some people, under the circumstances, NTP believes that this is an acceptable way forward and will be liaising with the landowners while this work is completed.
We would also like to express our concern about statements made on the West Linton Facebook page to the effect that NTP had asserted that there is no path in this area and that the criteria for adoption as a right of way would not be met. This is entirely untrue and NTP have never made such a statement. As stated on the Scotways website:
“To be a right of way, a route must meet all the following conditions:
· It must join two public places (e.g. public roads or other rights of way); and
· It must follow a more or less defined route; and
· It must have been used, openly and peaceably, by the general public, as a matter of right, i.e. not just with the permission of the landowner; and
· It must have been used without substantial interruption for at least 20 years.”
NTP understands from discussions with SBC that evidence of use would be confirmed if that use is attested to by six people or more.