Questionnaire to help settle access issue

The entrance to the field at the top of Northampton Road.
The entrance to the field at the top of Northampton Road.

A local access campaigner has launched a questionnaire to help establish if a path up to Balmashanner Hill is a right of way.

Nan Hargraves has issued the two-page document to try to gather evidence whether the path at the top of Northampton Road, currently closed off, fits the criteria for official designation.

Mrs Hargraves, a resident in the area for the last 16 years and a keen walker, contacted the Dispatch last March after finding access to the field behind Balmashanner Place had been fenced off.

She has since taken up the issue with Angus Council and ScotWays, the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society, to try to get to the bottom of the problem. She is now appealing to local people who have used the path regularly to submit evidence via the questionnaire which will be passed on to the council.

She said: “People have been walking in the fields around there for years but for it to be a right of way it has to have been at least 20 years. I’ve started this questionnaire to fill in the lack of evidence and the thing is to find out whether people have walked the field or not, how long they’ve been walking it and how they have walked it.

“Once I get the information I’ll pass it on to Angus Council’s access officer. I got the questionnaire from ScotWays, it’s an official document and will form the evidence.”

Copies of the questionnaire can be obtained from Richardson’s Newsagent on the High Street and from Mrs Hargraves by e-mailing The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31.