The Liverpool City Region Local Access Forum (The Forum) is a statutory advisory body co-ordinated by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Established under section 94 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and Statutory Instrument 2002 No 1836 The Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2002, it brings together a range of stakeholders from across Merseyside who have an interest improving recreational access to the countryside.
The Forum includes local authorities, large land owners, community representatives and organisations with a specific interest in access for recreational activities including walking, cycling and horse riding.
MSP successfully applied to join The Forum in October 2019. Walking is one of the most accessible forms of physical activity and we were keen to engage in The Forum on the basis of the contribution which it plays to health and wellbeing.
As a member of The Forum, MSP’s role, along with other stakeholders, is to advise on the improvement of public access to land for the purpose of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the local area. In addition to advising on proposed improvements or developments, the Forum provides a mechanism through which both representations can be made, activity scrutinised, policy informed and practice shared.
Membership of The Forum provides MSP with the opportunity to contribute to discussions about local developments concerning access to and opportunities for recreational access to land. It also provides an opportunity to ensure that we are able to articulate and advocate the importance of physical activity to the differing stakeholders and improve our understanding of the key local issues and challenges which exist in respect of access to public access to land for recreational purposes.