Devon Countryside Access Forum seeks new members
Posted on: 24 January 2020
Residents have the chance to help influence the way we all enjoy and access the county’s beautiful coastlines , countryside, parks and trails by joining the Devon Countryside Access Forum.
Local access forums are statutory bodies, set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, that give independent advice on how to enhance and improve public access to land for open air recreation and enjoyment.
Each Forum has to include members with a wide and balanced spectrum of interests and backgrounds like access users – including walkers, riders and cyclists – land managers and those with other interests such as tourism, health, planning, sport and conservation.
Members respond to consultations and initiate work on issues, such as disability access. The Forum has seventeen voluntary members and Devon County Council, the appointing authority, is now carrying out its annual recruitment process.
Sarah Slade, Chair of the Devon Countryside Access Forum, said: “If you are enthusiastic about recreational access to the countryside or urban green space or have a professional involvement, or are a landowner or land manager affected by recreational access on your land, we would like to hear from you.”
“No formal qualifications are necessary, and all applications are welcome. Training is given and travel expenses are paid.”
In this round of appointments, applications from women and landowners whose land is crossed by public rights of way would be particularly welcome.
For information, please ring 07837 171000 or go to Devon County council’s website.
The closing date is Friday, 21st February.