The Lake District Local Access Forum (LAF) is made up of local people from all walks of life who are interested in how access to the countryside is developed throughout the National Park.
The LAF was introduced as part of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and has been in place since 2004. The Forum's purpose is:
Advising the Lake District National Park Authority on the management of access land as defined in Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act.
Vision: The Lake District National Park is a place in which visitors and local people can share the exploration, enjoyment and understanding of the diversity of the National Park’s countryside and heritage. The provision of access will be clear to understand, be respectful of land ownership and management, meet users’ particular needs and promote responsible and harmonious behaviour. It will make an increasing and positive contribution to the sustainability of the Lake District’s environment, communities and economy.
Mission: The Forum will act as the statutory independent body which will champion the improvement and management of access, according to authority granted by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It will accurately and objectively gather the views of all those with an interest in the development and use of access and advise the National Park Authority, recommending options for the improvement of public access to land in the National Park.
The Forum can only do its job if local people share their ideas and concerns about access in the National Park with the members. Members sign up for a three year term and a number of people have just finished their stretch so we are after some new blood! If you think you might be interested please have a read of the members information pack below and get in touch with the Local Access Forum members by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org we will contact you back. You can be sure of a fair hearing for your views and comments because the Forum:
Lake District Local Access Forum
Lake District National Park Authority
Kendal LA9 7RL
Tel: 01539 702698 ext. 2735