Perth and Kinross Council has provided further information/explanation of its plan to delete core path coup/104:
The reasons why we [Perth & Kinross Council] propose COUP/104 for deletion are:
- there have been known instances of people entering the poly tunnels and picking fruit without the landowners’ permission.
- there is an issue with uncontrolled dogs being amongst the poly tunnels.
- there are alternative core paths on the same landholding which do not lead people directly past the poly tunnels so are more appropriate for promotion as core paths (please see map on the attached form, these include the riverside route COUP/102 with connections back toward the Town being COUP/101, 17 & 50).
- In addition and not shown on the core paths plan there is a right of way (21/17) near to COUP/104 (please see snip below, ROW 21/17 is indicated in blue).
A valid objection is an e-mail or letter making clear the grounds on which you object to which proposed deletion (using path code) with your name and address given. This information is given on the webpage as follows – ‘If you have any comment or objection on any of these amendments please e-mail email@example.com by 30 September 2017. Please identify the core path (eg ABNY/112) to which your comment refers and specify the grounds for any objection. You must also provide your name and contact details.’
Core paths are intended to indicate the best routes which the public can take when crossing land which also work for the landowner. Responsible access rights apply to core paths and most other land. Although this route (COUP/104) would still be within access rights we do not feel it is the best route to promote for public access.
It is unlikely that we will sign COUP/104 even if it remains a core path, we have already signed the alternative routes in the area and did not get agreement from the landowner to signpost this particular route. If it is deleted as a core path we will remove this from the online mapping of core paths so anyone looking for core paths around Coupar Angus will not see it as a promoted route.
Update, Thu 27 Jul 2017
Perth and Kinross Council now says it won't delete the berry fields path from their Core Paths Network. They have produced the following statement (in a Freedom of Information Request): "There have been concerns raised regarding the proposed deletion of COUP/104 so this will not be deleted from the Core Paths Plan."
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