LANDOWNERS and farmers in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being offered free legal advice on how to seek amendments for the draft "right to roam" maps to be published next week.
They are being invited to meetings at Cracoe and Leyburn on Wednesday December 11, the day after the maps are published, where advice will be available from legal experts from the Country Land and Business Association and the leading estate agency Strutt and Parker.
When such draft maps have been issued in other parts of the country, many mistakes and inaccuracies were discovered - but unless landowners register any objections at this stage in the process, they lose the right to appeal.
The new draft maps will cover the whole of the national park and other parts of North Yorkshire.
"This is a major new piece of legislation and our experience from other parts of the country suggests that there will inevitably be mistakes in the complex mapping process, so it's vital for all concerned to check the maps very thoroughly indeed," said the CLA Yorkshire director Dorothy Fairburn.
Anyone affected is invited to attend but is asked to telephone 01347-823803 to book a seat.