The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It has seventeen members who advise on the “improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area..” The Forum gives independent advice to a number of Government bodies in addition to Devon County Council, district and borough councils and parish and town councils.
Devon County Council is currently appointing members to the Forum and would welcome applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access.
In this round of appointments applications from walkers, horse-riders, tourism providers and those with a knowledge of the Definitive Map review process would be particularly welcome. Over the coming year the Forum will be looking at coastal access (the England Coast Path) on stretches between Kingswear and Cremyll and Combe Martin and Marsland Mouth, as well as other issues associated with access. During 2018 the Forum responded to a number of local and national consultations including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plans and the national Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. It continued to suggest specific improvements for disability access across the County.
All applications will be considered and we would love to hear from landowners and managers, access users and people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport and business. Although membership is voluntary, a generous mileage rate is paid. Formal meetings are held three times a year. There are occasional small working groups and a yearly training day.
It’s an interesting opportunity and members can:-
contribute to the debate- share experience and expertise;
meet and work with others- listen to and discuss ideas on solving access problems;
help make a difference- influence local and UK policy affecting access;
be informed- receive regular local and national access information updates.
For details and an application form please see www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf The closing date is Friday, 22nd February 2019.