Give us your views on local paths
Midlothian Council is today (Monday 11 February) launching a consultation asking for comments and proposals on local paths.
The council is reviewing the Midlothian Core Paths Plan (PDF), first published in 2009, in line with the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
To give reasonable access
This is so it continues to be "sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area”.
Core paths are routes free from obstruction that provide some clear use to the public, such as for recreation, commuting, and accessing facilities.
Running for 4 weeks
The first stage consultation will last 4 weeks from 11 February to 6 March 2019.
You can get involved by using the online form and interactive map to tell us about:
• Paths you wish to add to the plan explaining your reason for inclusion
• Corrections to make more accurate either the 2009 routes or the proposed 2018 routes
• Concerns over the inclusion of a particular route – explaining the reason for your concern
You can also come along and tell us your views at one of our consultation events on Thursday 21 February:
• Penicuik Library, 3 - 8pm
• Dalkeith Library, 3 - 8pm
Alternatively, email your comments to:
All the comments will be collated and analysed. A draft Core Paths Plan will be prepared for a more detailed consultation with the public and landowners. The consultation for the draft plan will take place over a statutory 12 week period. During this time the council will accept comments and formal objections to the plan.
A new requirement for this Core Paths Plan is that landowners will need to be given notice if there is a proposed Core Path crossing their land. This requirement does not apply to existing core paths.
If all objections are resolved then the council will seek approval for the plan.
If objections cannot be resolved, an inquiry may be held to decide on whether a given objection is upheld in order that the council may take forward its plan for approval.