Local Access Forums (LAFs) are advisory bodies that provide independent advice on public access to land, for recreational and other functional and utility purposes.
Local Access Forums have a legal function to give advice to a collection of bodies and organisations including:
- the appointing authority, including the local highways authority or National Park authority
- any county, unitary, district or borough council within the area of the LAF
- any Secretary of State (or government department)
- Natural England
- the Forestry Commission
- English Heritage
- Sport England
- any parish or town council for any part of the area in which a LAF is established
Our role and responsibilities
The function of the Northamptonshire Local Access Forum (NLAF) is to advise Northamptonshire County Council, as appointing authority for the area, regarding matters affecting public access within the county.
The main remit of the group is to advise the county council, as well as district and borough councils, on the management of the county's public rights of way. The advice of the group is to ensure the continued improvement and protection of public rights of way in Northamptonshire for the purposes of open air recreation and the enjoyment of the countryside.
Download the obligation governance review below for further information about our role and responsibilities:
The correct administration of the NLAF means that each member must step down and be re-elected after a maximum of a 3 year period to keep the group open and fair.
Membership of the NLAF may be applied for from Northamptonshire County Council, whose responsibility it is to ensure there is a reasonable balance in the representation of the interests of public access user groups and landowner and occupier groups.
Members must serve in a personal capacity to represent public interests rather than the views of any particular organisations.
- John Shenfield (Chair)
- Bob Martin
- Chris Glasspool
- Lisa Fell
- Steve Rockall
- Sandra James
- Chris Shaw
- Bob Entwistle
- Joy Tripp
- Leon Jolly
- Andrew Knapman
Members of the public are usually entitled to attend meetings, however we are currently looking to welcome new members to the Forum.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Northamptonshire Local Access Forum, please contact the Secretary using the details in the further information section below.
Future meeting dates
The meeting dates for 2019 are listed below. Meetings will take place between 7 and 9pm. Anyone interested in attending should contact the NLAF secretary using the details below. Attendance at the meeting is by prior arrangement only because we have a limited space for the meeting.
- Thursday 20 June 2019
- Thursday 19 September 2019
- Thursday 12 December 2019
All of these meetings will be held at the Northamptonshire Highways Brixworth Depot.
For all enquiries please contact Jacqui Williams, Secretary for NLAF:
Natural England supports and co-ordinates the work of Local Access Forums at a regional level across the country. Further information and guidance is available on the government website using the link below: