Local access forums
What is a local access forum?
A group of representatives with different interests in access who come together to agree how to develop, manage and promote access locally. Generally the local access forum includes representatives from:
- Public agencies (i.e. Local Enterprise Company, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission)
- Land managers (i.e. National Farmers' Union Scotland, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association)
- Users (i.e. those representing walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, people with disabilities and water sports)
- Community interests (i.e. Community Councils, Local Residents' Association).
Why are they established?
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act, 2003 states that each local authority shall establish a body known as a local access forum.
Where are they?
Local access forums have been developing since 1997. Each has developed according to local needs and aspirations. There are now local access forums in each local authority area and both National Parks.
What are they doing?
Each forum differs slightly in its membership and aims and objectives however their broad purpose is to help various users and access providers talk to and understand each other and agree how to develop and manage access together.
Is there more information on the role, function and membership of local access forums?
The Paths for All/SNH guide contains the latest thinking on how local access forums should work, based on best practice from throughout the country.
How can I find out more about my local access forum?
Your local access officer will know when the forum meets and who co-ordinates it. Meeting agendas and minutes may appear on your local authority web-site.
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