Would you like to be involved in the development of access to the outdoors in this area?

Deadline for the receipt of applications: 9am on Monday 9 June 2014
Are you interested in being a voluntary member of the Joint Local Access Forum (the JLAF) which gives independent advice to the councils on access, including on public rights of way and access land both in the countryside and in urban areas?  The JLAF is a statutory body established by Bath and Northeast Somerset, Bristol City and South Gloucestershire Councils to provide advice on improving public access to land in the area for the purpose of open-air recreation and enjoyment.

We are seeking applications for membership of the JLAF from people of all ages who are enthusiastic about the rights of way network and access to the outdoors.  This is an opportunity to contribute views and positive ideas on the potential of the network of paths in the area and on how to make it more accessible and enjoyable for all.  You might be interested in nature conservation, heritage, tourism, local business, recreation and sport, access for disabled users, health, education, transport or you might be intereted in how to attract new users to the network of paths in this area.  As well as providing advice, there is the opportunity to get involved with other JLAF members in projects.

In appointing new members, the councils will seek to ensure that a balance of all relevant interests exists in the whole membership of the JLAF.  The JLAF should be representative of the users of rights of away and access, the owners and occupiers of land and any other relevant interests.

Application forms for JLAF membership are below as downloadable files, together with other relevant information.  Alternatively, for a paper copy of the application pack or if you would like to enquire further about the work of the JLAF, please contact:

Graeme Stark, Interim Secretary of the JLAF, Email: graeme_stark@bathnes.gov.uk Tel: 01225 477650

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 9 June 2014.

JLAF Application Pack:


An Introduction to the Joint Local Access Forum
Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have joined forces to form a Joint Local Access Forum (JLAF). The JLAF provides independent advice to the three Councils on improving public rights of way and other access in the area.  The JLAF has 18 voluntary members; that is, one Councillor from each authority involved and 15 other members with a variety of interests, including those of land managers and those of users. The JLAF was established in July 2003 pursuant to a duty set out by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. This Act also contains provisions on Access Land and on Rights of Way Improvement Plans.  The Chair of the JLAF is David Waterstone and the Vice Chair is Robert Killen.
Upcoming JLAF Meetings 
The next JLAF Meeting will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, 4 July 2014 at Council Chamber, Riverside Offices, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Keynsham. Bristol, BS31 1LA (map and directions to the venue).
Papers for the next meeting:
Agenda - available 20 June 2014
Background Papers - available 20 June 2014
Future meeting dates
2:00pm on 4 July 2014
2:00pm on 7 November 2014
2:00pm on 6 March 2015
 Minutes of Past JLAF Meetings
Minutes of older meetings are available upon request.
Members of the JLAF
Appointments to the JLAF are made so that there is a balance between landowner, user and other interests within the membership.  Membership appointments are reviewed periodically and there are then opportunities for new applications to be considered.  You can submit an application at any time and it will be considered at the next recruitment, currently planned for spring 2014.  The list of current members of the JLAF is available here and members' expenses claim forms can be found here.
Any queries relating to the Joint Local Access Forum can be directed to Graeme Stark, Interim Secretary to the JLAF on 01225 477650 or via email at graeme_stark@bathnes.gov.uk


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