North East Region Local Access Forums

Introduction

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.

Structure

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:

1. Registering our White Roads

2. The Story behind the Sandstone Way - Dynamics of Cycle Tourism

3. Riding or Cycling on Footpaths

4. What can be achieved in an urban or semi-urban area

5. Updates and Reforms

6. Nottinghamshire Guided Walks Partnership

7. Dementia Adventure

8. Access Prioritisation

9. Recreational Vehicles

10. Alternative Funding for Access Projects

11. 2026

12. Charitable status for sub-groups

13. A stakeholders guide to influencing your local council

 

National Conference 2017

The National Conference was held in Birmingham on the 21st June 2017.

The following papers were deliverd by Local Access Forum members, or Officers from partner organisations.

1. British Horse Society, Multi-User Routes

2. Natural England, Statutory Access Update

3. Railway Crossings - Issues and Solutions

4. Local Access Forums in Changing Times

5. Natural England, Health and the Natural Environment

6. Local Access Forums, Making the case for Access

7. Defra, Rights of Way Reforms Project

8. Cycling, Multi User Routes

9. Natural England, RoWIP 2017

 

 

 

 

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

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 Joint Local Access Forum - Marion Hume. Tel: (01434) 611550 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northumberland National Park Authority, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland. NE46 1BS

 

Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum Tel: (0191) 2778972 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regional Transport Team, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barrass Bridge,

Newcastle on Tyne. NE1 8QH

 

Durham Local Access Forum  Tel: 03000269703 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham. DH1 5UL

 

Tees Valley Local Access Forum - Beryl Bird Tel:(01429) 523419 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neighbourhood and Regeneration, Hartlepool Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool. TS24 8AY

 

Redcar & Cleveland Local Access Forum - Tony Gordon Tel: (01642) 774774 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Strategic Planning, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar. TS10 1RT

 

Minutes

LAF Chairs 4th May 2017

 

 

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