Local Access Forum
The Buckinghamshire Local Access Forum is an independent advisory body of 14 volunteers, giving informed strategic advice to the Rights of Way and Access Group. It was set up following the publication of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and members are appointed by the Buckinghamshire County Council. The primary objective is to improve access and open-air recreation to the countryside for everyone.
More information on the advisory role of Local Access Forums can be found on the Natural England website.
Membership is drawn from a range of interests, balanced between those who use the countryside and those who manage it. During meetings, members engage in constructive debate and seek consensus on decision-making and advice.
Membership is made up of representatives from:
- National Farmers' Union
- Country Land & Business Association
- Chiltern Society
- National Trust
- Trail Riders Fellowship
- Parish Councils
- British Horse Society
- British Driving Society Beds, Bucks and Herts
- Disabled Ramblers
- Buckinghamshire Heritage
- County councillors
- Cycling UK
- Support and advise the county council and Natural England on the implementation of open access land in Buckinghamshire and consider applications for restrictions or closures of access for land management/conservation
- Assist with improving and developing the existing rights of way network and to identify missing links
- Provide advice on the county’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan and other recreation and access strategies
- Work alongside neighbouring Local Access Forums in order to develop an integrated network
- Steer and monitor delivery of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan to ensure an integrated network that meets the needs of users today and in the future
- Balance the needs of access users with land management and conservation needs of an area
- Prepare an annual report of its activities
- Respond to government consultations on managing access
- Represent the council at regional Local Access Forums
The public is welcome to attend Local Access Forum meetings, held 3-4 times per year. They are usually held from 10 am in the Mezzanine meeting rooms at County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP10 1UY. Simply report to the main reception at 9.45am on the day. If you would like to attend to raise any issues regarding public rights of way or open access land, please phone 01296 395000.
Meeting dates, plus forum agenda and minutes can be accessed by Local Access Forum committee page.
Alternatively, write to Local Access Forum, Democratic Services, Buckinghamshire County Council, Room 801, County Hall, Aylesbury, HP20 1UA or contact us via email.