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Improving rights of way

Local access forum

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000  placed a duty on the council to establish and maintain a Local Access Forum - an independent advisory body to improve access to the Medway countryside and urban Public Rights of Way for all users, while enabling landowners and managers to make the best use of their land.

Forum members

Medway Council, as the appointing authority, recruits up to 22 members, evenly distributed between these three representative groups:

  • users of the countryside, including walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, vehicle users and disabled people
  • owners and managers of land
  • people involved in tourism, health, nature conservation, education and transport.

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the members at the annual general meeting held in March each year.

Forum activities

The forum holds its meetings in March, June, September and December. At the meetings the topics for discussion include:

  • the Medway Council Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan
  • responding to government consultations
  • hearing about and advising on regeneration and environment projects in Medway
  • liaison with various other countryside and access forums
  • bringing neglected pathways to the attention of the council

Forum Articles

Getting involved

Forum members volunteer their time to attend at least four meetings a year and any training specifically designed to enhance their skills in the role.

Do you have an interest that you can represent at meetings? For example, do you:

  • regularly use the countryside?
  • own or manage accessible land?
  • have expertise in sport, health, tourism, transport or conservation?

If so, the forum needs you.

Sign up to become a member of the forum

You can also visit the Local Access Forum's website or email the Chair of the Local Access Forum at ritahunt06@tiscali.co.uk

Vacancies arise throughout the year and a warm welcome awaits anyone with a little enthusiasm and time. There are no deadlines for applications.

The England Coast Path

Work is underway on the England Coast Path which aims to provide a new National Tail around all of England's coast. For the first time people will be able to walk around and enjoy our open coast, bringing benefits to local communities and providing opportunities for businesses.

To find out more about the project and share your views, a number of drop-in sessions (pdf 351KB) are planned. You can also find out more about the England Coast Path and progress in the rest of Kent.