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The Access to the Countryside (Northern Ireland) Order 1983

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I INTRODUCTORY

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. PART II PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY AND PUBLIC PATHS, ETC.

    1. Public rights of way

      1. 3.Protection and maintenance

      2. 4.Signposting

      3. 5.Duty to maintain stiles, etc.

      4. 6.Power to authorise erection of stiles, etc., in interests of agriculture or forestry

      5. 7.Right to plough

      6. 8.Temporary diversion on account of ploughing

      7. 9.Pasturing of bulls

      8. 10.Notices deterring use of public right of way

    2. Public paths

      1. 11.Creation by agreement

      2. 12.Compulsory powers for creation

      3. 13.Making up and maintenance

      4. 14.Closure

      5. 15.Diversion

      6. 16.Closure or diversion by Department

      7. 17.Compensation

      8. 18.Supplementary provisions as to creation, closure and diversion

      9. 19.Temporary closure or diversion

      10. 20.Cycling

    3. Long distance routes

      1. 21.Proposals for long distance routes

      2. 22.Approval, implementation and variation of proposals

      3. 23.Ferries for purposes of long distance routes

      4. 24.Accommodation, meals and refreshment

  4. PART III ACCESS TO OPEN COUNTRY

    1. 25.Provision for public access to open country

    2. 26.Rights of public where access agreement or order is in force

    3. 27.Consultation by district councils on access requirements

    4. 28.Access agreements

    5. 29.Access orders

    6. 30.Provisions as to land used for agricultural purposes, etc.

    7. 31.Effect of access agreement or order on rights and liabilities of persons interested in land

    8. 32.Provisions for securing safe and sufficient access

    9. 33.Power of district councils to enforce access

    10. 34.Suspension of public access to avoid risk of fire

    11. 35.Compensation for access orders

    12. 36.Compensation to be assessed with regard to effect of first five years of access

    13. 37.Claims for compensation and interest

    14. 38.Payments on account in special circumstances

    15. 39.Acquisition by district councils of land for public access

    16. 40.Acquistion by Department of land for public access

    17. 41.Maps of land subject to public access

    18. 42.Provision as to danger areas

    19. 43.Boundary notices

  5. PART IV SUPPLEMENTARY

    1. 44.Protection for interests in the countryside

    2. 45.Parking places

    3. 46.Bye-laws

    4. 47.Default powers of Department as to bye-laws

    5. 48.Rangers

    6. 49.Supplementary provisions as to compensation

    7. 50.Financial assistance by Department

    8. 51.Financial assistance by district councils

    9. 52.Amendment of Occupiers' Liability Act (Northern Ireland) 1957

    10. 53.Crown land

    11. 54.Local inquiries

    12. 55.Regulations and orders

    13. 56.Registration of matters in Statutory Charges Register

  6. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      ACCESS ORDERS AND PUBLIC PATH ORDERS

      1. Making and confirmation

        1. 1.(1) Before an order to which this Schedule applies is...

        2. 2.(1) If no representations or objections are duly made, or...

        3. 3.The Department may, subject to paragraphs 1 and 2, by...

      2. Validity and date of operation

        1. 4.(1) As soon as may be after an order to...

        2. 5.(1) If a person aggrieved by an order to which...

        3. 6.Subject to paragraph 5, an order to which this Schedule...

      3. Variation and revocation

        1. 7.(1) In relation to an order to which this Schedule...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      GENERAL RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS TO OPEN COUNTRY UNDER PART III

      1. Article 26 (1) shall not apply to a person who,...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      EXCEPTED LAND

      1. 1.Land used for agriculture (other than land used for open...

      2. 2.Land comprised in a declaration under Article 16 of the...

      3. 3.Land covered by buildings or the curtilage of such land....

      4. 4.Land used for the purposes of a park, garden or...

      5. 5.Land used for the getting of minerals by surface working...

      6. 6.Land (not falling within paragraphs 1 to 5) covered by...

      7. 7.Land excepted from the application of Article 26 in accordance...

      8. 8.Land as respects which development is in course being carried...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      PROVISIONS AS TO THE CALCULATION FOR FIXING CONSIDERATION IN RESPECT OF THE MAKING OF ACCESS AGREEMENTS

      1. 1.The district valuer shall value the land covered by the...

      2. 2.The district council shall, before or as soon as possible...

      3. 3.The first twelve month period shall begin on the day...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      MATTERS REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED IN STATUTORY CHARGES REGISTER

      1. In Schedule 11 to the Land Registration Act (Northern Ireland)...

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