WHAT ARE LOCAL ACCESS FORUMS?
Local Access Forums (LAFs) advise decision making organisations (such as local authorities) about making improvements to public access for outdoor recreation and sustainable travel.
LAFs can set their own priorities depending on local issues. They also respond to consultations and draft policy documents. When making recommendations, LAF members need to consider land use, as well as the need to conserve flora, fauna, geological and physical features.
LAFs are in place around the country and normally meet four times a year.
HOW DO LAFs IMPACT GREEN ROAD CONSERVATION?
LAFs are made up of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Some of these people may or may not be interested in Green Road conservation. If you have an interest in Green Road conservation then joining your LAF will enable you to have a voice in decision making that could affect Green Roads in your area. If you have experience or interest in any of the following then you are in a good position to contribute to your LAF:
- The economic value of trail riding
- Green exercise / outdoor recreation
- Social vigilance in rural areas
- Reporting fly tipping
- Green lane clearance
- Disabled access & riding
- Responsible alternatives to vehicle Anti Social Behaviour activity
- First aid & emergency response in rural areas
- Advanced motorcycle rider training
- Sustainable trail riding policy and responsible riding
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Members of LAFs are volunteers and include a range of people from the local community, including:
Land owners and land managers
Access users such as walkers, cyclists and horse riders
Those representing other interests, such as health and conservation
You can contact a LAF if you are interested in becoming a member. They will let you know when vacancies become available. New members are appointed by the local authority or national park authority, known as the ‘appointing authority’ or ‘access authority’.
WHAT CAN AND CAN’T I DO ON A LAF?
Members of LAFs represent themselves as individuals. If you joined a LAF you would not be representing the TRF, though you can still be a member of the TRF. Your input into the LAF would be based on your personal opinions, not the TRFs.
The TRF website contains a lot of information regarding Green Road Conservation. You may also find the following links useful: