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Access panel members wanted in Caithness


By John Davidson

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People with an interest in access to the countryside are wanted for the roles. Picture: John Davidson
People with an interest in access to the countryside are wanted for the roles. Picture: John Davidson

Volunteers are being sought to join local outdoor access forums across the Highlands including in Caithness and Sutherland.

The forums advise the council on matters relating to outdoor public access and are a part of the local authority’s duty under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

The forums play a key role in resolving some access disputes and in core path planning. They look to maintain a balance of interests by having three land managers, three access groups and three community representatives together with two councillors and a member of the disability access panel.

Cllr Ken Gowans, chairman of the council’s economy and infrastructure committee, encourages people to come forward. He said: “The local access forums provide an important advisory role to the council and we welcome applications from knowledgeable and pragmatic people for these roles.

"The role can be rewarding as members play an important part in helping to resolve local issues concerning access to the countryside.”

Anyone wishing to apply must have the support of a recognised body whose interest they would represent.

For further information and to submit an application before Monday, December 18, email access@highland.gov.uk


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