Perth and Kinross Council has moved to stop up and divert six core paths it says need to be shifted so the Cross Tay Link Road can be built.
The local authority took out advertising in the local press last week promoting orders to modify four paths between Perth and Luncarty - two of which are also right of ways - and another two paths near Scone.
Two of the core paths the council wants to stop up and divert lie south of Redgorton on the western side of the A9 and the other two lie on the eastern side of the trunk road south of Denmarkfield.
In a statement of reasons prepared for the proposal to stop up and divert the core path closest to Redgorton, the council has said the change is required “primarily due to engineering works to realign the A9”.
The statement goes on: “The proposed diversion will allow the footpath to be diverted back to a low point along an improved, shallower gradient. The proposed diversion will also connect to a new path to be constructed to the north and south.”
In a separate statement the council has said a second path further south of Redgorton also needs to be stopped up and diverted because of the aforementioned engineering works to realign the A9.
The statement said: “Engineering works will remove the section of footpath proposed to be stopped up. The proposed diversion will re-purpose the use of the footpath by diverting northwards along the west side of the realigned A9.
“The proposed diversion will connect to the footpath LUNC/102 and right of way ... and will connect to the crossroads at Redgorton.”
The council said in a third statement relating to one of the core paths on the eastern side of the A9: “There will be significant engineering works affecting the existing footpath.
“A grade separated junction is to be constructed with the link roads running alongside the footpath and going over the footpath before going over the River Tay via a new bridge.
“The stopped up section is approximately 1349m in length. The proposed new route is approximately 1373m in length. It will reconnect with the existing footpath at either end of the diverted route.”
On the other side of the Tay the council is also seeking to stop up and divert one path on the banks of the river to create a bridge pier for the CTLR and another path running alongside the A94 to create a roundabout for the new road south of New Mains.
In a statement prepared for the second proposal, the council said: “Where the new CTLR meets the A94, a new roundabout is to be constructed. Due [to] its construction, the existing footpath is to be realigned either side of the new roundabout.
“For the safety of users, the crossing point for the roundabout will be to the north of the existing footpath over a signalised crossing point.”
All six notices of the proposed changes carried in the local press last week said interested parties have until May 7 to raise objections and these must be addressed to the council’s head of legal and governance services.
Full details can be viewed on the council’s website at www.pkc.gov.uk/corepathdiversions