WP Multi-Site + Membership Premium 2.1.3 + BuddyPress

I think I might be missing something. I’ve been playing with the Membership plugin on a development site on my home server. I’ve set up both a free and a paid access level. The free access level denies access to the “Blogs” page only. I’ve tested permitting and denying access to the page in two ways:

For both methods, I removed the Blogs page from the Nav Bar by dropping the Menu/Item Title widget into the Positive Rules Set and selecting all pages but the Blogs page to be visible.

For the first instance, I denied access to the Blogs page by dropping the Pages widget into the Positive Rules Set section and selecting all pages but the Blogs page to show.

For the second instance, I denied access to the Blogs page by dropping the Pages widget into the Negitive Rules Set and selecting the Blogs page to not show.

There seems to be an issue with page access denial.when I use the first method. Although the menu item is no longer visible I can still use the URL example.com/blogs/ to view the Blogs page and clicking on the listed blog I can view its posts. I understand removing the item from the nav bar doesn’t forbid access to the page but I thought not selecting the page for view in the Positive Rules Set would prevent the page from being viewed.

In the second instance, using a negative rule set, attempts to access the Blogs page at example.com/blogs/ leads to a 404 page even though I’ve specified a page to display when an attempt is made to view hidden/protected content.

The page that’s supposed to show when content access s denied does exist and it is accessible.

What am I likely to have done wrong?

Also, will a future release have a widget in the post/page editor screen to make it possible to hide a post/page from the menu bar and visitors below a set level?