The Perth & Kinross Outdoor Access Forum is an independent group of individuals and representatives of organisations appointed by the Council under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
Anyone can apply for membership and can attend the annual open meeting and election held in early May.
Meetings & Events
The Forum meets quarterly and also holds an annual open meeting. Training events and specialist speakers are organised to increase understanding of access matters. Links with the National Access Forum and other Local Access Forums are made through members participating in joint meetings and events. Understanding of responsible access is promoted by the Forum through participation in Outdoor Access Festivals, publication of leaflets and through the media.
The Forum has several subgroups which look in more detail at areas of particular interest and report back to the Forum.
- The exemptions and obstructions subgroup members [250Kb] advises on any applications to exempt area from access rights and reviews list of reported obstructions to help set priorities for enforcement. Meets quarterly in advance of Forum meetings.
- The water Issues subgroup members Sept 06 [9Kb] focus on access issues arising around rivers and lochs and meets as often as necessary to respond to matters in hand.
- Camping issues subgroup members [9Kb] is working to get the message on what responsible camping is across in selected areas.
Core Paths Planning
The Forum has a role under the Act in core paths planning and were involved throughout the process of planning and adopting the Core Paths Plan for Perth & Kinross. During the planning stage workshops for forum members were held and a subgroup was established to advise on which routes were suitable as core paths. Selection criteria for core paths were agreed by the Forum in 2006. The Forum endorsed the Draft Core Paths Plan in August 2008 prior to its publication for formal consultation.