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Local access forum

Would you like to be involved in improving public access to the outdoors in this area?

The Tyne and Wear Joint Local Access Forum (JLAF) provides advice on managing and improving public access to land in the countryside and urban areas for open-air recreation and enjoyment.

The forum was established by five councils (Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland) and is a statutory body created under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It is their responsibility to examine how the local authorities manage public rights of way in their areas, and put forward ideas how things can be improved for people who want to enjoy the countryside. They also seek to influence national government proposals where relevant.

The forum comprises of people of all ages, who are enthusiastic about the rights of way network and access to the outdoors.

It provides an opportunity to contribute views and positive ideas on the potential network of paths in the area and how to make it more accessible and enjoyable for all.

The forum is interested in:

  • nature conservation
  • farming and land management
  • heritage
  • tourism
  • local business
  • recreation and sport
  • access for disabled users
  • health
  • education
  • transport or
  • how to attract new users to the network of paths in this area.

In appointing new members, the councils will seek to make sure that a balance of all relevant interests exists in the whole membership of the forum.

The forum should be representative of the users of rights of ways and access, the owners and occupiers of land, and any other relevant interests.

More information

For more information contact:

Newcastle City Council
10th Floor
Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear

Phone: 0191 211 6024

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