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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01533: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to review exemptions to right to roam on sporting ground under the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 August 2016

Under Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, people have a right of access to most land and inland water in Scotland, so long as they act responsibly as detailed in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

With regard to sports or playing fields, the Act provides that access rights are not exercisable on:

grass sports pitches or playing fields whilst they are in use for their intended purpose;

golf greens, bowling greens, cricket squares, lawn tennis courts or other similar area on which grass is grown and prepared for a particular recreational purpose, whether or not in use;

sports pitches or playing fields with certain types of artificial surfaces, whether or not in use.

The Scottish Government does not have any plans to review Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.