Local Access Forums
Welcome to the Local Access Forum pages. Here you can find out about the work of the two Local Access Forums in Lincolnshire.
The primary purpose of the Local Access Forums is “to advise as to the improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open air recreation and enjoyment of the area, and as to such other matters as may be prescribed”.
Local Access Forums (LAFs) are statutory bodies established by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW).
Each forum consists of 18 members, each representing a wide range of interests including users of:
- Rights of way,
- Land managers and farmers,
- Nature conservation,
- People with disabilities and excluded groups.
They provide strategic advice on the improvement and development of public access to land within their area.
The forums can provide advice to a number of bodies and organisations including the County Council, District Councils, Natural England and Government Departments.
These bodies are required by CROW to have regard for any relevant advice given to them by the forum. This means that although not bound to follow advice given, they are legally required to take it into account in carrying out their functions.
There are two Forums in Lincolnshire:
- Mid Lincolnshire Local Access Forum – a joint forum with NE Lincolnshire
- South Lincolnshire & Rutland Local Access Forum – a joint forum with Rutland County Council.
A map showing areas covered by each forum in Lincolnshire can be found in the ‘Downloads’ tab above.