North East Region Local Access Forums
In 2005 Natural England and Defra produced an Action Plan to support and develop the work of LAFs in England, and one of the key actions was to 'develop regional liasion arrangements between LAFs'. The Regional Co-ordinators evolved from this, as did regional seminars , and there was an action to 'encourage improved lines of communication between LAFs and National England regional offices, by supporting the LAF regional network.' Regional meetings in the north east first began in 2005-06.
We have replied to consultations, and added our voice to national discussions. We have supported our local authorities with award winning ROWIPs. We have taken the access agenda to other influencing roles as part of all our work areas. At present, the aim of the Regional Forum is to actively address coastal access and to strengthen our regional and national voice.
A strong Regional Forum has evened out the playing field for all the the local LAFs. Some are well funded and organised, some are not so fortunate, a Regional Forum irons out these differences and provides a strong, unified voice. A Regional Forum has much more chance of tracking funding sources than individual LAFs, and this will become more important than ever. This structure has the capabilities of being reactive and proactive, with members in the individual Forums putting issues on agendas, and with feedback coming back down the structure from both the Natural England and other national bodies.
The role of the Chairs Group is to bring together is to bring together the LAFs throughout the north east. Their aim is to identify generic issues that affect access. The group raises issues, exchanges ideas and aims to share good practice. Membership is made up from a Chair or Vice Chair from each LAF, the regional co-ordinator and a Natural England representative. The group work to agreed Terms of Reference.
National Conference 2016
The northern National Conference for 2016 was held at Leeds on 1st March 2016.
The following papers, researched, written and presented by LAF members from across the country are available to view:
Membership of north east Regional Forum
Amanda Earnshaw, Chair, Northumberland Joint Local Access Forum
George Astbury, Vice Chair Northumberland Joint Local Access Forum
Liz Bray, Chair Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum
Victor Cadaxa, Vice Chair Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum
Geoff Hughes, Chair Durham Local Access Forum - Vice Chair Regional Chairs Group 2014-15
Roger Cornwell, Vice Chair Durham Local Access Forum
Yvonne Ramage, Chair Tees Valley Local Access Forum
Rob Brown, Vice Chair Tees Valley Local Access Forum
Mike Roff, Vice Chair Tees Valley Local Access Forum
John Sugden, Chair Redcar and Cleveland Local Access Forum
To contact the north east Forums, please get in touch with their Administrators in the first instance. They will pass on your query to the most appropriate person.
Administrator Contact Details
Northumberland National Park Authority, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland. NE46 1BS
Regional Transport Team, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barrass Bridge,
Newcastle on Tyne. NE1 8QH
Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham. DH1 5UL
Neighbourhood and Regeneration, Hartlepool Borough Council, Edgar Philips Building, Church Street, Hartlepool. TS24 7DS
Strategic Planning, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Belmont House, Rectory Lane, Guisborough. TS14 7FD