Local Countryside Access Forum (LCAF)

Biodiversity forum walk in Swinley Forest

Are you interested in helping shape the future of your local countryside? If you are, why not become a member of the Bracknell Forest Local Countryside Access Forum (LCAF)?

What is the LCAF?

The forum is an independent group that advises the borough council on the improvement of public access to countryside in Bracknell Forest for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.

Bracknell Forest Council, as the Borough Highway Authority, has a duty under section 94 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to establish a Local Access Forum.

Membership

The forum can comprise up to 22 members who represent a broad range of interests, including landowners, councillors, those who earn their living in the countryside, users of public rights of way and other relevant interests, such as nature conservation.

The council is looking for people who are passionate about the countryside, promoting access for all and can contribute positively to the work of the LCAF. No formal qualifications are needed to become a member, but interested people will ideally have a broad range of knowledge, interest and experience relevant to countryside access.

To find out more about membership or to apply for a place on the forum, please contact us. Alternatively you can download an application form and person specification.

Timetable

The forum meets formally twice a year as well as carrying out informal site visits throughout the year. Members are kept informed about access routes affected by diversions, by development, by capital and maintenance works and ROWIP (Rights of Way Improvement Plan projects. LCAF members also contribute to regional LAF meetings and consultations.

The next LCAF meeting is due to take place:

  • on Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 7pm
  • venue is Function room, 5th floor, Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell, RG12 1AQ

The forum meets in public and anyone is welcome to attend as a member of the public. Observers from neighbouring LAFs can also attend meetings.

Minutes from meetings

In addition to being available directly from the council offices in Time Square, Bracknell; copies of the meetings agendas and minutes are available on our website.

Annual reports

The forum operates in accordance with the Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2007 and the terms of reference agreed by the forum.

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