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Brighton & Hove Local Access Forum
The Brighton & Hove Local Access Forum (LAF) is a statutory body whose purpose is to give advice to the council, the national park authority and Natural England on managing and improving access to open spaces in and around Brighton & Hove.
The members of the LAF represent interests including land management, walking, horse riding, cycling, people with disabilities, youth, health, tourism, landscape and conservation.
Meetings and Minutes
Dates of meetings in 2012:
- 12 January 2012
- 26 April 2012
- 05 July 2012
- 04 October 2012
Meetings are usually held in Committee Room 1 at Hove Town Hall. Tea and coffee willl be available from 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start.
Minutes for 2012 meetings:
- 04 October 2012 meeting minutes [PDF 30kb]
- 05 July 2012 meeting minutes [PDF 40kb]
- 26 April 2012 meeting minutes [PDF 41kb]
- 19 January 2012 meeting minutes [PDF 42kb]
- Presentation: Stanmer Park Experience [PPT 1.1mb]
- Presentation: Biosphere Reserve [PDF 1.6mb]
Minutes for 2011 meeting
- 06 October 2011 meeting minutes [PDF 38kb]
- 07 July 2011 meeting minutes [PDF 35kb]
- 26 May 2011 meeting minutes and Appendix 1
- 31 March 2011 meeting minutes and revised Terms of Reference
- 20 January 2011 meeting minutes
- Previous meeting minutes are also available
National Nature Reserves
The Natural England Board is considering a paper on the dedication of our National Nature Reserves under s16 CROW Act 2000 over a four year programme. Only two thirds of NNRs are covered under open access and Natural England intends to look at sites on an individual basis, assessing any risks, where appropriate. View one of the board papers.
- Creating permanent public access rights over these iconic areas would be consistent with our role as an ‘integrated’ agency under our general statutory purpose, and with our wider objectives
- Doing so would be a good thing in its own right, through the additional public enjoyment of our sites that would result
- It would support our wider message that people and wildlife can normally coexist well, and promote public engagement with the natural
environment in line with the Natural Environment White Paper, which calls NNRs 'a rich and diverse set of national treasures'; and#
- It would set a clear example to other major landowners who may wish to consider dedicating their own land. It would enable us to undertake
associated work, in conjunction with Defra, to encourage and facilitate this kind of dedication by others.
Many NNRs are already common land, and therefore covered under the Act. View the full list in the south east
To find out more information about the council's successful bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund refer to the Lewes Road Transport Improvements page within the Travel & Transport section of the council's website.
- Brighton & Hove Local Access Forum
- South Downs Local Access Forum
- Brighton & Hove Rights of Way Improvement Plan