The Forum’s main purpose is to advise on improving public access to the countryside in the former county of Cumbria (excluding the Yorkshire Dales National Park who have their own forum, see link below). The three appointing bodies are Cumberland Council, the Lake District National Park Authority and Westmorland and Furness Council. The Cumbria and Lakes Joint Local Access Forum (C&LLAF) is an independent statutory advisory body.
The Local Access Forum's role is to:
Our next meeting with be in June 2024, details of location and time to be confirmed. The agenda will be uploaded below at least 7 days before the meeting. Any members of the public who wish to attend should get in touch at least 3 days before the meeting.
Members of the public can attend meetings. They must contact the Local Access Forum (see contact details below) at least 3 days before the meeting date. The Chair is Carole Barr, the C&LJLAF should have between 10 and 22 members at all times.
We are currently recruiting for new members. If you care about countryside access and are interested in influencing future policy, you may be interested in joining us. Members can represent recreational users or landowners. We want a balanced range of interests and experiences, so if you feel you can be involved, please get in touch for an informal discussion, before considering whether to apply.
Four times a year, with other optional subgroups and site visits where needed.
We meet at locations around Cumbria including at National Park and Council offices, and village halls. Some of our meetings are held online or as hybrid. The members decide suitable locations and times for meetings to ensure as many people as possible are able to attend, and we ensure that all meeting venues are accessible. We also have site visits where required.
The role is voluntary but out of pocket expenses are paid for travel to meetings and site visits at the current LDNPA volunteer expense rate.
We welcome applications from everyone in the community. You do not have to live or work in the area covered but you should have a good knowledge or interest in the area. Please see member specification for details.
If you would like more information about the Cumbria and the Lakes Joint Local Access Forum, or would like your views to be heard, please contact us: