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Public Rights Of Way - Local Access Forum
The Birmingham Local Access Forum is a statutory independent group that advises Birmingham City Council on all aspects of Rights of Ways and Access issues.
Meetings are held quarterly in the centre of Birmingham and members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.
What does the Local Access Forum do?
All Authorities must have a Local Access Forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The Forum meets to consider the rights of way and access implications for Birmingham and how they are included in the plans and strategies that are being developed by the Council to shape the future of Birmingham. These include plans and strategies on transportation, recreation, sustainability, redevelopment and economy. The forum also considers those plans that have already been adopted by the Council such as the Rights of Way Improvement Plan and seek ways of achieving the outcomes that are included in them.
But what does Birmingham offer in terms of access?
Plenty! Aside from the over 2500km of roads, Birmingham has:
- Over 2000 public rights of ways
- 8000 acres of parks and public open spaces (more than any other European city)
- 4 country parks (Sheldon CP, Woodgate CP, Newhall Valley CP and Lickey Hills CP)
- Sutton park (National Nature Reserve and SSSI)
- 114 miles of canals in and around Birmingham.
- Green corridors (Tame valley, Cole valley, Rea valley)
- A number of other natures reserves.
There are a multitude of routes and open areas that people can enjoy in Birmingham and many decisions are made with regards to the development and improvement of these routes and facilities which the public can become involved in.
The Forum meets four times a year on the first or second Thursday of the month. Meetings are held in the evenings at 7pm to make it easier for the Forum and members of the public to attend.
Meetings are usually held at the Council House in Victoria Square but can also be held in other City Centre venues such as the Canals and Rivers Trust offices near the International Convention Centre.
How can you make a difference?
If you feel that you can contribute to the Local Access forum, please download and fill in the application form below and send it in to the rights of way team to will contact you. Currently there is no interview process and we welcome people with a varied interest. Currently, there it good representation from Walkers, Cyclists, people with disabilities, elderly users, Environmental Campaigners, Canals and Rivers Trust, Open Spaces, Land ownership, rights of way Legal and Transportation Engineering. Councillor Victoria Quinn and Councillor Gareth Moore also sit on the forum.
We are particularly interested to hear from Black and Minority Ethnic users, young people and women as these are currently under represented on the Forum.
If you would like more information about the Forum or how you can get more involved please contact the public rights of way team:
- e-mail - PublicRightOfWay@birmingham.gov.uk
- telephone - 0121 464 6846
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