Members sought for Devon Countryside Access Forum

PUBLISHED: 19:40 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

NEW members are being sought for the Devon Countryside Access Forum (DCAF). The statutory forum is concerned with improving recreational access to the countryside and improving green space and cycling and walking provision in our villages and towns. Supp

NEW members are being sought for the Devon Countryside Access Forum (DCAF).

The statutory forum is concerned with improving recreational access to the countryside and improving green space and cycling and walking provision in our villages and towns. Supported by Devon County Council, it has fifteen volunteer members who meet four or five times a year to consider a wide range of policy issues aimed at making the countryside more accessible and enjoyable.

The DCAF is involved in providing independent advice on a wide range of issues covering not only recreation but also sustainable transport, health and tourism. Over the past year the DCAF has, for example, provided advice to the Government on its coastal access proposals and responded to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty draft Management Plans. It has visited the Grand Western Canal Country Park to view improvements in access and how different uses can be successfully accommodated, and has continued to campaign for safe off-road riding routes.

Terry Faull, Chairman of the Devon Countryside Access Forum, said: "As the only independent body in the County which has a statutory duty to advise public bodies such as local authorities, government departments and countryside agencies about ways of improving access to the countryside, the Devon Countryside Access Forum has a key role in influencing major decisions. Members help shape the strategies which will determine how we and future generations can continue to enjoy what so many of us value so greatly."

The main strength of the DCAF is that is brings together a wide range of people with experience, interests and commitment in areas relevant to recreation and access.

If you are interested in being appointed as one of the Forum's fifteen members the closing date is Friday 27 February 2009.

Application forms and details can be found on www.devon.gov.uk/devon_countryside_access_forum. Alternatively, contact the secretary on 01837 810921 or e-mail devoncaf@devon.gov.uk

The next public meeting of the Forum is on Friday 13 February at County Hall at 10am when a presentation will be given by Ian Tearle, Head of Health Policy for Devon Primary Care Trust.


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