Local Access Forums (England & Wales)
- Local Highway Authorities and National Parks have to set up Local Access Forums by law under the Countryside & Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000. Members are not allowed to represent an organisation, but should be able to represent their interests knowledgeably.
- In 2013/14, there were 86 active LAFs in England, with almost a thousand members between them. 29 LAFs were originally set up in Wales.
- In 2013/14, English LAFs were involved in at least 83 cycle projects, 69 ‘multi-user routes’ and 41 ‘Paths for Communities’ schemes.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
- Cycling interests should be represented on all LAFs.
- Local authorities should be receptive and responsive to LAF recommendations on:
- amendments to the definitive map and on processing them in a timely fashion, to the benefit of off-road cyclists
- the promotion and signing of the RoW network and other opportunities for off-road cycling
- the proper maintenance of byways, bridleways and un-surfaced unclassified roads o the removal of obstructions.
- LAFs should promote off-road cycling as a healthy and enjoyable activity, particularly to families and young people.
- LAFs should adopt, implement and promote CTC’s key Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP) priorities
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Publication Date:January 2015