The role of the forum
The forum was set up as required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. An independent body, it is a statutory advisor to Walsall Council and to other bodies on the improvement of public access to land in the area for the purpose of open-air recreation. The Local Access Forum is a group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests with one goal - to deal with issues to do with access in Walsall.
In recruiting members of the Forum, we need to have a reasonable balance between representatives of:
users of local rights of way or the public in relation to rights over access land
any other relevant interests, for example tourism, sport, nature conservation and disabled access
We welcome members from all the above interest groups, but in particular people who can represent horse riding, cyclists, the needs of the disabled, and land managers.
Walsall Local Access Forum meets at least at least once annually and the meetings are open to interested members of the public. We welcome applications for new members to Walsall Local Access Forum and if you are interested in joining, please feel free to attend a meeting.
Walsall Local Access Forum has helped to shape procedures on maintenance and improvements to the public rights of way network, through the introduction of measures such as the Voluntary Maintenance Programme, in conjunction with Walsall Ramblers Association and regularly advises on planning and public rights of way matters at a local and strategic level.
All Local Access Forum Meetings are open to the public and are held between 6.30 and 8.00pm in the Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP. Please contact us for forthcoming meeting dates, or if you are interested in becoming a member.