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Rights of way - local access forum
Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, North Yorkshire County Council has a statutory duty to establish a Local Access Forum. The main purpose of the Local Access Forum is to provide advice to the County Council and other public bodies on how to make the countryside more accessible for open air recreation.
Key functions include providing advice on:
The North Yorkshire Local Access Forum covers the whole of the county of North Yorkshire, outside of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and the City of York. Each of the National Park Authorities and the City of York Council has its own Local Access Forum to advise them in the areas they cover.
The North Yorkshire Local Access Forum has 18 Members. Each member must be a representative of:
The local access forum recruits new members every 3 years, with the last refresh of members taking place in July 2012. The local access forum influences policy and planning related to access to the countryside and the rights of way network, and advises on issues covering the:
Recently, the forum has considered a wide range of issues, from responding to Government consultations on the future of the public forest estate and an updated countryside code to advising the County Council on its approach to managing the public path network. Items on the horizon include proposals for coastal access and the creation of a coastal path around England, as well as consideration of a review of the legislation affecting public paths.
More information on the the work of the local access forum can be found in minutes of previous meetings in the council - minutes, agendas and reports section of our website.