The proposals were subject to an initial consultation earlier this year, which involved community councils. Coupar Angus & Bendochy Community Council sent a letter of objection at that time. Subsequently on 14th June the proposals were given interim approval by the Environment, Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee of Perth & Kinross council.
However, the decision will not be final until the results are known from a new public consultation, which will last until 30th September - http://www.pkc.gov.uk/cppamendments. The consultation document states: "any proposed amendment which is subject to a valid and sustained objection will not be adopted". However there is no explanation of what counts as a valid and sustained objection.
"I would also like to query that any consultation has taken place over this Core Path prior to the most recent Development Management Meeting. As a previous member of the Coupar Angus Community Council, I am aware of times that we have been told a consultation process has been run but really this amounted to an email with a brief outline and not much more.
"I am aware that constituents do not always feel their views are listened to and would really like to avoid that happening in this matter. The Path is used regularly by many members of the community and I am keen to show my support for it remaining a Core Path.
Some local residents have pointed out that the berry fields path is also a right of way, raising the question of what additional benefits there are from core path status.
Objections should be submitted in writing to Jane Pritchard (email@example.com).
For further information, see these documents:
- Initial consultation, sent to Coupar Angus and Bendochy Community Council in January (word doc)
- Details of core path selected for deletion, coup/104 (PDF file)