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Membership Selection and Criteria

Background

The function of the Forum will be to advise the local authority, the Countryside Council for Wales, and other bodies exercising functions under Part 1 of the CROW Act, as to the improvement of public access to land in the local area for the purposes of recreation and the enjoyment of the local area. These bodies must, by law, have regard to relevant advice given by the Forum.

Regulations require the Forum to meet at least twice a year. However, it is anticipated that meetings will generally take place more frequently at a time and place agreed by the Forum members.

Areas of Work

The LAF will advise upon aspects of public access in the area, including public rights of way, and the new right of access to open country and registered common land. The Forum will consider not just access on foot but all forms of access, including horse riding, cycling and off road driving. The exact nature of this work will be decided upon by the LAF itself, in agreement with the local authority. It is generally agreed that work carried out by the Forum will include:

  • Commenting on the Countryside and Rights of Way Act draft regulations which the National Assembly for Wales is drawing up;
  • Considering improvements to rights of way in the area;
  • The appointment of wardens as respect to access land;
  • The making of Bye-laws relating to access land;
  • The implementation of the Council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan; and
  • Applications for long-term exclusions or restrictions on access to access land.

Criteria for Selection.

The following is a list of criteria against which applications will be judged.

Applicants will not necessarily have to comply with all of the criteria to be successful.

It is essential that a LAF member will:

  • be committed to the function of the Forum

the function of the Forum will be to advise the local authority, the Countryside Council for Wales and others, as to the improvement of public access to land in the local area for the purposes of recreation and enjoyment;

  • be willing and able to play a full part in all aspects of a LAF’s work – persons who are only willing or able to represent a narrow specific interest may not be suitable members.

It is desirable that a LAF member will:

  • have a wide range of experience of access issues in the area;
  • have experience of working on, and contributing to, similar Forums in the past;
  • reside in, be particularly familiar with, or have any other interests especially relevant to, the area of the Forum;
  • be able to network with a wide range of organisations and individuals with an aim to disseminating the LAF’s work;
  • be able to attend all meetings of the Forum (deputies will not be permitted).

These are voluntary unpaid positions but Forum members will be able to claim reasonable expenses including care costs for children and elderly or disabled dependants.

 

Last Updated: 17/07/2013
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