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Bridgend Local Access Forum

 Bridgend Local Access Forum

Bridgend Local Access Forum

What is the Local Access Forum? (LAF)

The Countryside & Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 required that LAFs would be set up in every Local Authority and National Park in England and Wales. They are bodies set up to advise as to the improvement of public access to land in their area for the purposes of open-air recreation and enjoyment of the area and to other matters as prescribed by the National Assembly for Wales. (CROW Act Section 94(4))

How were they set up?

The CROW Act placed a statutory duty on "appointing authorities" to establish a LAF in their area. Bridgend County Borough Council set up their first LAF on 28th November 2002, appointing members with varied interests and experiences from local ramblers to landowners, farmers, horse riders and other user interest groups and commoners.

The Forum, and therefore membership of it, lasts for 3 years before the Council has to re-establish it. Members of the Forum can re-apply to join the next Forum but the Council also invites expressions of interest from other interested individuals either directly or by advertising in the local press and on the Council website. The third Forum was established by the Council in March 2009.

Who do they advise?

It is the statutory function of Bridgend Local Access Forum, to advise as to the improvement of public access to land in Bridgend for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.

In carrying out its functions, a LAF shall have regard to:

  • the needs of land management;
  • the desirability of conserving the natural beauty of the area for which it is established, including the flora, fauna and geological and physiographical features of the area; and
  • Guidance given from time to time by the National Assembly for Wales.

Membership

Invitations to join the fifth term of the Bridgend Local Access forum are now being accepted for the upcoming three year membership period. If you are interested in becoming a member then please take a moment to read the guidance notes and then complete the application form both available to download below. If you have any further questions then please contact the Local Access Forum secretary, Andrew Mason, on 01656 642537. 

All applications must be received by the 12th December 2014.

LAF Meetings

The LAF has determined that it will usually meet four times a year between 1st April and 31st March. Meetings are open to the public and are normally held in the Juniper Room at the Innovation Centre, Science Park, Bridgend and start at 2 pm. Any alterations to this will be advertised here.

The meetings for the period 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 are as follows:

10th November 2014

2nd February 2015

Meeting Agendas, Reports & Appendices for the next meeting:

10th November 2014 – Agenda

10th November 2014 – Reports

10th November 2014 – Appendices

Minutes to be agreed for previous meeting held on 11th August 2014

Historical Meeting Agendas, Reports & Minutes

20th April 2009 – Agenda

20th April 2009 – Reports

20th April 2009 – Minutes

8th September 2009 – Agenda

8th September 2009 – Reports

8th September 2009 – Minutes

14th December 2009 – Agenda

14th December 2009 – Reports

14th December 2009 – Minutes

12th April 2010 – Agenda

12th April 2010 – Reports

12th April 2010 – Minutes

27th July 2010 – Agenda

27th July 2010 – Reports

27th July 2010 – Minutes

8th September 2010 – Agenda

8th September 2010 – Reports

8th September 2010 – Minutes

Annual Report

The Regulations require the Appointing Authority to prepare an Annual Report for each Local Access Forum for which it is responsible.

The Annual Report must include:

  1. Information relating to the performance of the Forum’s functions during the period up to 31st March of the year in question; and,
  2. A programme of works that has been agreed which the Forum plans to undertake during the 12 months commencing immediately after that date.

The Annual Report must be agreed by the Forum and approved by the Appointing Authority. Once approved it must be made available for inspection by members of the public at the offices of the Appointing Authority during normal offices hours free of charge. Copies must also be made available for purchase if required.

The Annual Report for 2013 – 2014 has now been agreed, with minor amendments, by the Forum. Once agreed by the Appointing Authority it will be available.

 

Last Updated: 04/11/2014
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