Lake District Local Access Forum looking for new members

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Have you ever heard of the Lake District Local Access Forum (LDLAF for short)? Do you know that we are recruiting for new members? below explains what the LDLAF is and what it does and offers for you or someone from your organisation the chance to join.

What is the Local Access Form?

It is an independent statutory body. It has up to 20 members who are appointed by Lake District National Park Authority (under Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). These members represent both owners of land with access (whether open access or public rights of way), all users ( for example, walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, water based users such as canoeists and anglers) as well as those with more specialist interest or link to access such as health, education, sustainable transport and limited mobility.

What does the Local Access Forum do?

The purpose of the LDLAF is to advise the National Park Authority and other organisations on the improvements of public access to land and water for open air recreation and enjoyment. In giving advice, the LAF takes into consideration the needs of both land management and conservation of the natural beauty of the National Park. Example of recent work include:

  • supporting or opposing changes to individual rights of way on the ground (sometimes with suggestions of alternative routes)
  • representing a number of user groups in respect of Cumbria County Council’s proposals to co-ordinate and manage large events.
  • commenting on proposals to fence common land (for woodland regeneration) to ensure public access is maintained.
  • every meeting of the LAF provides an opportunity for members of the public or representatives of parish councils or other organisations to make representations to the LAF

Are you interested in becoming a LDLAF member?

We are recruiting now for up to ten members with aim to have them on board in time for the next meeting on 26th April 2012. The schedule is as follows:

  • Applications submitted from 9th February to 1st March 2012
  • Informal workshop and meeting for candidates 14th March 2012
  • Successful candidates informed week beginning 19th March 2012
  • Induction session 17th to 18th April 2012 at Torver
  • LDLAF meeting  26th April 2012

There are up to four meetings a year and members agree to sign up for three years. We are looking for people with a wider or special interest in access to the National Park. These could include health and limited mobility issues, education and getting young people into the outdoors, tourism or local business, water based access or natural history among others. There are further details and application form at this link.

If you have any questions  about this letter or would like some advice from the LAF on a particular access matter in your parish, then please get in touch with David Robinson, Lake District National Park Authority’s Access and Recreation Developer on 01539 792698 extension 2735 or at David.robinson[at]lakedistrict.gov.uk

Your faithfully

Carole Barr

Chair, Lake District Local Access Forum

I receive above letter in the post today.

with regards

Simeon

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