Public Rights of Way

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Local Access Forums (LAFs) are statutorily prescribed bodies, introduced by sections 94 and 95 of the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000.

Their main function is to advise their appointing authority for their area (e.g. Isle of Wight Council), as to the improvement of public access to land in that area for the purposes of open-air recreation and enjoyment.

In carrying out its functions, a LAF must have regard to the needs of land management and the desirability of conserving the natural beauty of the area for which it is established, including the flora, fauna and geological and physiographical features of the area.

Forum members are appointed by the appointing authority (e.g. Isle of Wight Council) to represent the interests of people who use the right of access to open country and registered common land, and public rights of way, as well as owners/occupiers of land affected. Members can also be appointed to represent other interests relevant to the area such as tourism, sport or nature conservation.

Members serve in a personal capacity to represent interests rather than particular organisations. The appointing authority must ensure there is a reasonable balance between user and landowners/occupier interests.

The Isle of Wight Local Access Forum

The Isle of Wight Local Access Forum meets quarterly and the forum dates are:

  • Thursday 7 September 2017
  • Thursday 7 December 2017

The forum usually meets at 4pm at St Johns Church Hall, Drake Road, Newport. Please check the forum agenda for starting times and items for discussion.

If you would like to come along to a future meeting as a guest or attend to talk to members please contact the LAF Secretary, by using the contact number and asking for (Rights of Way at the IW Council) or email us using the 'Send a message', both of which can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.  Or you may email on rightsofway@iow.gov.uk please put LAF in the title of your email.

Agendas, Minutes and Annual Reviews

(Please click on the links below):

  • 7 September 2017:  Agenda
  • 6 July 2017:  Agenda (PDF 16Kb, 2 pages) Minutes (PDF, 16.4Mb, 100 pages)
  • 6 April 2017:  Agenda (PDF 17.3Kb, 2 pages) Minutes (PDF, 1.29MB, 27 pages)
  • 2 February 2017: Agenda (PDF 16.2KB, 2 pages) Minutes (PDF, 3.99MB, 14 pages)  
  • 1 December 2016:  Agenda (PDF 156KB, 2 pages) Minutes (PDF, 3.85MB, 53 pages)
  • 1 September 2016:  Agenda (PDF 141 KB, 1 page) Minutes (PDF, 2.26MB, 8 pages)  
  • Annual Review April 2015 to March 2016 (PDF, 88KB, 4 pages)
  • 2nd June 2016: Agenda (PDF,12.9KB. 1 page) Minutes (PDF, 432KB, 12 pages)
  • 3rd March 2016:  Agenda (PDF, 137KB.  1 page) Minutes (PDF. 1.63MB, 15 pages)
  • 3rd December 2015:  Agenda (PDF,13.15KB. 1 page) Minutes (PDF,413.57 KB, 13 pages) 
  • 3rd September 2015: Agenda (PDF, 12.82KB. 1 page) Minutes  (PDF, 213.74KB, 9 pages)
  • 4th June 2015:  Agenda (PDF, 128.10KB, 1 page). Minutes (190.85KB, 7 pages)
  • 5th March 2015:  Agenda (PDF, 34.74KB, 1 page), Minutes ([PDF, 78.13KB, 8 pages).
  •  4th December 2014: Agenda (PDF, 35.06KB, 1 page), Minutes (PDF, 56.79KB, 5 pages).
  • 11th September 2014:  Agenda (PDF, 34.68KB, 1 page),  Minutes (PDF, 74.75KB, 6 pages).
  •  Annual Review (PDF, 82.77KB, 4 pages) April 2013 to March 2014.
  • 5th June 2014:  Agenda (PDF, 35.19KB, 1 page),  Minutes (PDF, 56.83KB, 5 pages).
  • 6th March 2014:  Agenda (PDF, 34.48KB, 1 page), Minutes (PDF, 55.06KB, 5 pages).
  • 5th December 2013:  Agenda (PDF, 35.57KB, 1 page), Minutes (PDF, 57.01KB, 5 pages).
  • 12th September 2013:  Agenda (PDF, 35.32KB, 1 pages), Minutes (PDF, 64.50KB, 6 pages).
  • 6th June 2013:  Agenda (PDF, 40.13KB, 1 page), Minutes (PDF, 8.05MB, 10 pages).
  • 7th March 2013: Agenda (PDF, 224.53KB, 1 page), Minutes (PDF, 267.07KB, 5 pages).
  • Annual Review (PDF, 83.81KB, 4 pages),  April 2012 to March 2013.
  • 6th December 2012: Agenda (PDF, 218.48KB, 1 pages), Minutes (PDF, 59.81KB, 5 pages).
  • 6th September 2012: Agenda (PDF, 217.30KB, 1 pages), Minutes (PDF, 246.29KB, 4 pages).
  • 7th June 2012: Agenda (PDF, 215.33KB, 1 page), Minutes (PDF, 247.03KB, 4 pages).
  • 8th March 2012: Agenda (PDF, 8.27KB, 1 page),  Minutes (PDF, 257.34KB, 5 pages).

Documents

The following are links to documents the LAF members would have had circulated to them, these have been split into headings for ease of reference.

Bridleways / Horses

Sharing Routes with Horse Riders by the British Horse Society (BHS), (PDF, 4.82Mb, 29 pages).

Countyside Issues

Disposal of Timber - Isle of Wight Council, Countyside (IWC), (PDF, 16.95KB, 1 page).

Cycling

Cycling on Public Footpaths a Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) Campaign Briefing (PDF, 772.39KB, 9 pages).

Rights of Way reply to CTC Campaign Briefing (PDF, 17.14KB, 1 page).

DEFRA

Access Newsletter July 2014, (PDF, 158.08KB, 2 pages).

Dogs

Dogs on your Land (PDF, 1.42Mb, 9 pages).

Dog Waste and Behavioural Change for dog walkers (PDF, 265.25KB, 17 pages).

Walkers with Dogs and better management (PDF, 761.69KB, 8 pages).

LAF

LAF Guidance Booklet 2007 

Lost Ways

Restoring Lost Routes by BHS (PDF, 755.14KB, 26 pages).

Natural England

Update 20 May 2014 (PDF, 587.67KB, 13 pages).

Local Access Forum (LAF) News Quarter 1 2014/15 (PDF, 267.13KB, 9 pages).

Network Rail

Level Crossings (PDF, 392.19KB, 19 pages) - why is closure the answer?

Planning

Planning for Dog Ownership in new developments (PDF, 1.66Mb, 24 pages).

LAFs and the planning process (PDF, 146.01KB, 10 pages).

IW Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2006 (PDF 1.73Mb 68 pages)

Current Members

  • Mark Earp (Chairman) - Land Management
  • John Heather - Land Management / NFU
  • Councillor Paul Fuller (Vice Chairman) 
  • John Gurney-Champion - Land Management / Walking
  • Tricia Merrifield - Equestrian / IW Bridleways Group / British Horse Society
  • Alec Lawson - Cycling / Cyclewight 
  • Stephen Darch - 4 X 4 / IW 4X4 Club
  • Penny Edwards - Equestrian / Carriage Driving
  • John Vere Hobart - Public Rights of Way & Open Access Land user
  • Glenn Sharman - Walking
  • Emma Douglass - Rural Business
  • Richard Grogan - Land Management, Ecology & AONB
  • Iain Ross Maclennan - Public Rights of Way & Open Access Land user
  • Michael Slater - Walking / IW Ramblers
  • Belinda Walters - Land Management / CLA

email Rightsofway@iow.gov.uk if you would like a membership application pack sent to you