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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR BRIDGEND LOCAL ACCESS FORUM

Title.

  1. The Local Access Forum shall be known as the Bridgend Local Access Forum.

Roles and Responsibilities.

  1. The function of the Bridgend Local Access Forum is to provide advice to the Bridgend County Borough Council, the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and others as appropriate as to the improvement of public access to land in the area for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area in ways which take account of land management, social, economic, environmental and educational interests.
  2. The Bridgend Local Access Forum will fulfil this role by advising on issues of particular local relevance, including:

a. supporting the continued implementation of the new right of access to open countryside including, depending on the proposals to be brought forward by the Welsh Assembly, coastal access;

b. improving the rights of way network; and

c. developing recreation and access strategies that cater for everyone.

  1. The Bridgend Local Access Forum will work to:

a. develop a constructive and inclusive approach to the improvement of recreational access to the countryside;

b. respect local circumstances and different interests whilst operating within national guidance;

c. provide advice on issues of principle and good practice;

d. engage in constructive debate and seek consensus wherever possible; and

e. where consensus is not possible, make clear the nature of differing views, and suggest how they might be resolved.

Membership

  1. The membership will include:

a. a Chair and Deputy Chair elected in accordance with the Local Access Forum Regulations;

b. a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 other members, which must include a balanced representation of:

i) recreational access users, and

ii) landowners and occupiers

together with representation of other interests especially relevant to the area.

  1. The membership will:

a. be balanced to avoid dominance by any single interest group;

b. represent a cross-section of interests in the area and;

c. live or work within the area or have a sound knowledge of the area.

  1. Members will be expected to:

a. adhere to the sections relating to Local Access Forum’s in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and Regulations and these Terms of Reference;

b. show commitment to achieving the aims of the Local Access Forum through constructive working with other members;

c. be able to devote the necessary time to attend meetings and to network outside meetings;

d. have sufficient experience of access to the countryside in the local area to be able to make an informed and constructive contribution to improving access provision; and

e. be capable of working with a wide range of interest groups.

Secretariat

  1. The Bridgend Local Access Forum will have a Secretary appointed by the appointing authority who will be responsible for;

a. providing support to the Chair of the Forum;

b. ensuring that the Forum is set up and run according to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, Local Access Forum Regulations and these Terms of Reference;

c. managing any resources dedicated to its work;

d. arranging and promoting meetings including arranging the delivery of papers and information to the Forum members and the public;

e. producing minutes of Forum meetings.

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be held at least twice a year, and more frequently as and when necessary to be agreed by the LAF and Appointing Authority.
  2. Meeting agendas will be agreed between the Chair, the Deputy Chair and the Secretary – although any member may suggest agenda items for consideration.
  3. Meetings will be advertised in advance and the minutes published.
  4. The Chair will invite observers/advisors to the meeting when appropriate.
  5. Observers/advisors will be able to contribute to the proceedings at the discretion of the Chair.
  6. One representative of each of the Countryside Council for Wales and the National Assembly for Wales and any other officer of the appointing authority will automatically have observer status.
  7. If necessary, Local Access Forum committees will be set up by the Chair after agreement with the members.
  8. The chairing, membership and terms of reference of committees will be agreed by the Chair and members.
  9. All meetings of the LAF will be held in public. However, the person presiding, following a request from a member or members, may decide that the public should be barred for particular items for reasons of personal privacy and confidentiality.
  10. Should a member of the Forum feel he/she might have conflict of interest relating to a specific agenda item, such interest should be declared.
Last Updated: 24/04/2013
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