Cheshire East Countryside Access Forum

CELAF-bannerThe 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 memberAreas of interest
Bob Anderson (Chair) Accessibility for all, wildlife, walking
Rhoda Bailey Ward Member, Public Rights of Way Committee Member
Chris Driver Wildlife, conservation, planning
Pat Featherstone (Vice Chair) Walking, volunteering, health improvement
John Handley Land management, landscape interpretation
Dale Langham Walking and cycling as sustainable transport
Gail Robinson Accessibility for all, walking, care and maintenance of the countryside
Linda Rose Carriage driving, horse riding
Ivor Williams Visitor and rural economy, land management
Maurice Palin   Walking, cycling, sustainable tourism, environmental issues

2019 Recruitment of new members

If you want to help shape the future of countryside access you can apply to be a member of the Cheshire East Countryside Access Forum. For more information read the explanatory notes and then download an application form.  Application forms should be received before 5pm Friday 12 April 2019 and interviews will be held in the week commencing 13 May 2019 in Crewe.  

Annual reports

The most recent annual reports of the Forum can be viewed here:

For more information, please see:

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