Cheshire East Countryside Access Forum
The purpose of the Forum is to encourage and enable public access to the countryside for recreation and enjoyment. It is a statutory body set up as part of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) to advise Cheshire East Council and Natural England on putting the new legislation into effect. It is independent of the Council.
The Forum works to balance the desire for greater public access to the countryside with the needs of landowners and land managers and to ensure the natural environment is not damaged as a result. It also gives advice to planners of major housing and transport developments about protecting existing public rights of way and incorporating the needs of walkers, cyclists, horse riders etc.
Its members are volunteers representing different countryside interests including cycling, walking, conservation, land management and horse riding.
The Forum meets four times a year, alternating between Crewe and Macclesfield, and its meetings are open to the public. It can set up sub-groups on particular issues to work outside these times and report back to the Forum. Recent work on the current priorities of the Forum has included:
Forum members are happy to attend meetings of local groups to explain more about the work of the Forum – please get in touch if this might be of interest to your group.
The Forum covers all of Cheshire East except for that part of the county inside the Peak District National Park – the National Park has its own forum. The fore-runner of the Cheshire East Countryside Access Forum (previously called the Cheshire East Local Access Forum - CELAF) was the county-wide Cheshire Local Access Forum (CLAF), and before that the Cheshire and Warrington Local Access Forum (CWLAF). The Terms of Reference of the Forum (PDF, 145KB) can be downloaded for information.
Current membership of the Forum is as follows:
Table list of forum members
|Forum member||Areas of interest|
|Bob Anderson (Chair)
||Accessibility for all, wildlife, walking
||Ward Member, Public Rights of Way Committee Member
||Wildlife, conservation, planning
|Pat Featherstone (Vice Chair)
||Walking, volunteering, health improvement
||Land management, landscape interpretation
||Walking and cycling as sustainable transport
||Accessibility for all, walking, care and maintenance of the countryside
||Carriage driving, horse riding
||Visitor and rural economy, land management
||Walking, cycling, sustainable tourism, environmental issues
The most recent annual reports of the Forum can be viewed here:
For more information, please see: