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Local access forum

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 requires that 'local access forums' be set up across England and Wales to advise local authorities, the Countryside Council for Wales and others on the improvement of public access to land for open air recreation and the enjoyment of the area. 

Each forum will consist of between 12 and 20 individuals drawn from the local community and representing a wide cross section of interests. 

We have established a forum to cover the whole of the County except for the area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is covered by the Brecon Beacons National Park (Western) Local Access Forum. 

The Forum meets several times each year to consider a variety of access topics, for example: 

  • Recreational access of all types will be considered by the Forum including walking, horse-riding, cycling and off roading.
  • Review of recreation strategies
  • The monitoring of 'rights of way improvement plans'
  • The review of maps of 'open country' in connection with the improvement of public access to 'open country'.

All meetings of the forum are open to the public.

Meeting Date / Time 2017 Location
Thursday 16th February - 6pm Carmarthen Leisure Centre Conference Room,
1st Floor, Llansteffan Road,
Carmarthen SA31 3NQ
Thursday 11th May - 6pm TBC
Thursday 28th September - 6pm TBC
Thursday 7th December - 6pm TBC

The membership will include:

  • A Chair and Deputy Chair elected in accordance with the LAF regulations
  • A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 other members, which must include a balanced representation of:
    • recreational access users
    • landowners and occupiers 
    • Representation of other interests especially relevant to the area.

The membership will: 

  • Be balanced to avoid dominance by any single interest group
  • Represent a cross section of interests in the area
  • Live or work within the area or have sound knowledge of the area.

Members will be expected to: 

  • Adhere to the sections relating to Local Access Forums in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, relevant regulations and these Terms of Reference
  • Show commitment to achieving the aims of the LAF through constructive working with other members
  • Be able to devote the necessary time to attend meetings and network outside meetings
  • Have sufficient experience of access to the countryside in the local area to be able to make an informed and constructive contribution to improving access provision
  • Be capable of working with a wide range of interest groups.

The Local Access Forum (LAF) shall be known as the Carmarthenshire Local Access Forum.

Roles and Responsibilities

The function of the Carmarthenshire Local Access Forum is to provide advice to Carmarthenshire County Council, the Countryside Council for Wales and others as appropriate, as to the improvement of public access to land in the area for the purposes of open air recreation and the enjoyment of the area in ways which take account of land management, social, economic, environmental and educational interests.

The Carmarthenshire Local Access Forum will fulfil this role by advising on issues of particular local relevance, including: 

  • Supporting the implementation of the new right of access to open countryside
  • Improving the right of way network
  • Develop recreation and access strategies that cater for everyone.

The Carmarthenshire Local Access Forum will work to: 

  • Develop a constructive and inclusive approach to the improvement of recreational access to the countryside
  • Respect local circumstances and different interests whilst operating within national guidance
  • Provide advice on issues of principle and good practice
  • Engage in constructive debate and seek consensus wherever possible
  • Where consensus is not possible, make clear the nature of differing views and suggest how they might be resolved.


The Carmarthenshire Local Access Forum will have a Secretary appointed by the Appointing Authority (County Council) who will be responsible for: 

  • Providing support to the Chair of the Forum
  • Ensuring that the Forum in set up and run according to the CROW Act, LAF Regulations and these Terms of Reference
  • Managing any resources dedicated to this work
  • Arranging and promoting meetings, including arranging the delivery of papers and information to Forum members and the public
  • Producing minutes of Forum meetings to include decisions, notes and action points only.


  • Meetings will be held at least twice a year, and more frequently as and when necessary, to be agreed by the LAF and the Appointing Authority
  • Meeting agendas will be agreed between the Chair and Secretary - although any member may suggest agenda items for consideration
  • Meetings will be advertised in advance and the minutes published
  • The Forum will invite advisors / observers to the meeting when appropriate
  • Advisors / observers will be able to contribute to the proceedings at the discretion of the Chair
  • One representative of each the Countryside Council for Wales and the National Assembly Government and any officer of the Appointing Authority will automatically have observer status. 
  • If necessary LAF committees will be set up by the Chair after agreement with the members
  • All meetings of the LAF will be held in public. However, the person presiding, following a request from a member or members, may decide that the public should be excluded for particular items for reasons of personal privacy or commercial confidentiality.

Page updated on: 21/02/2017

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