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Countryside access forum

Countryside Access Forums are groups of volunteers who provide independent advice on ways to improve public access to land.

This ranges from issues like public access to private land and disability routes, through to environmental initiatives and planning applications that affect parks and open spaces. 

How to join

If you're interested in joining Rutland's Countryside Access Forum or to find more, email: rightsofway@rutland.gov.uk.

Membership

We need at least 10 members to establish the forum, which will meet up to four times a year.

We're particularly interested in hearing from landowners and farmers with an interest in public access around the county.

We'd also like to hear from:

  • people with disabilities
  • walkers
  • cyclists
  • horse riders

The role

Members of the Rutland Countryside Access Forum need to attend at least two meetings a year. Meetings will be held at our offices in Oakham.

You need to have a good knowledge of countryside issues in Rutland and be willing to discuss possible solutions to agreed local issues. This could include:

  • public access to private land such as Rutland Water, Eyebrook Reservoir or Forestry Commission land
  • countryside for all, including disability routes and events
  • public Rights of Way policy, diversions and upgrades
  • planning applications that affect access to areas such as parks, open spaces and public rights of way
  • new environmental initiatives and incentives
  • loss of public rights of way 

Group members decide the topics of discussion, meeting times and chair person.

Council support

We:

  • provide a secretary
  • publish the group's minutes
  • provide a meeting venue

A public rights of way office and county councillor normally attend meetings.

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