Local Access Forum
Local Access Forums (LAFs) are statutorily prescribed bodies, introduced by sections 94 and 95 of the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000.
Their main function is to advise their appointing authority for their area (e.g. Isle of Wight Council), as to the improvement of public access to land in that area for the purposes of open-air recreation and enjoyment.
In carrying out its functions, a LAF must have regard to the needs of land management and the desirability of conserving the natural beauty of the area for which it is established, including the flora, fauna and geological and physiographical features of the area.
Forum members are appointed by the appointing authority (e.g. Isle of Wight Council) to represent the interests of people who use the right of access to open country and registered common land, and public rights of way, as well as owners/occupiers of land affected. Members can also be appointed to represent other interests relevant to the area such as tourism, sport or nature conservation.
Members serve in a personal capacity to represent interests rather than particular organisations. The appointing authority must ensure there is a reasonable balance between user and landowners/occupier interests.
Isle of Wight Local Access Forum Meeting Dates:
- Will be via Zoom on Thursday 13 January 2022 at 4pm for 2 hours maximum duration - if you wish to be sent the link to the meeting please inform the LAF Secretary by email at Rightsofway@iow.gov.uk
All welcome to come and observe:
If you would like to come along to a future meeting as a guest / observer or attend to give a talk to members or just have a matter raised on the agenda for discussion please contact the LAF Secretary, on 01983 821000 X 8745 (Rights of Way at the IW Council) Or you may email on Rightsofway@iow.gov.uk please put LAF in the title of your email.
If you have the time and would like to become an active member of the LAF (different to coming along to meeting and being an observer) in the first instance please contact the LAF Secretary (Jennine Gardiner) on Rightsofway@iow.gov.uk and an application pack will be sent to you.
Agendas, Minutes and Annual Reviews
Next Meeting Thursday 13 January 2022 Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the agenda and link to the meeting emailed to you.
Please select any of the links listed below to view minutes or agendas for past meetings:
- Thursday 2 September 2021 - Agenda (140Kb, 1 page) Minutes (1.28Mb, 18 pages)
- Thursday 13 May 2021 - Agenda (142Kb, 1 page) Minutes (9.67Mb, 16 pages)
- Thursday 14 January 2021 - Agenda (140Kb, 1 page) Minutes (201Kb, 8 pages)
- Thursday 3 December 2020 - Cancelled
- Thursday 3 September 2020 Agenda 111Kb (PDF1 page) Minutes 6.51Mb (PDF 20 pages)
The following, are links to documents the LAF members would have had circulated to them, these have been split into headings for ease of reference.
Bridleways / Horses
Sharing Routes with Horse Riders by the British Horse Society (BHS), (PDF, 4.82Mb, 29 pages).
Countryside & Rights of Way Issues
Disposal of Timber - Isle of Wight Council, Countyside (IWC), (PDF, 16.95KB, 1 page).
Trees & Hedges - Overhanging and obstructing Rights of Way (PDF, 960.37KB, 2 pages)
Cycle Wight Cycle Strategy 2017 - a cycling strategy for the Isle of Wight 2017 - 2019 (PDF, 1.50MB, 24 pages).
Cycling on Public Footpaths a Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) Campaign Briefing (PDF, 772.39KB, 9 pages).
Rights of Way reply to CTC Campaign Briefing (PDF, 17.14KB, 1 page).
Dogs on your Land (PDF, 1.42Mb, 9 pages).
Dog Waste and Behavioural Change for dog walkers (PDF, 265.25KB, 17 pages).
Walkers with Dogs and better management (PDF, 761.69KB, 8 pages).
LAF Guidance Booklet 2007
Restoring Lost Routes by BHS (PDF, 755.14KB, 26 pages).
Level Crossings (PDF, 392.19KB, 19 pages) - why is closure the answer?
Planning for Dog Ownership in new developments (PDF, 1.66MB, 24 pages).
LAFs and the planning process (PDF, 146.01KB, 10 pages).
IW Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2006 (PDF 1.73MB, 68 pages)
Current LAF Members
email Rightsofway@iow.gov.uk if you would like a membership application pack sent to you