Somerset County Council

Somerset Local Access Forum


Somerset Local Access Forum (SLAF) was set up in April 2003 in response to the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000. It is a forum made up of representatives of many fields of interest including users such as horse riders, landowners, tourism, health, and education which are pertinent to improving access to the countryside in Somerset. 

This forum meets at least twice a year and covers the area of Somerset, with the exception of Exmoor National Park, which has its own forum.

There are 16 members of which 14 are members of the public and 2 are elected members from Somerset County Council and of the District/ Borough Councils.

The members are representatives of 3 main fields of interest related to access to the countryside, users, landowners and other interests such as tourism, economic regeneration, health and education. They are selected from applications received and have a 3 year term of office.

Members of the public can ask questions of the Local Access Forum with prior notification to the Chairman or Secretary. The Local Access Forum members have agreed that members of the public should be allowed a 2 minute slot before the appropriate agenda item to ask a relevant question or offer their point of view on that particular issue. There will be a limit on the number of questions accepted for each meeting to restrict the overall question time to 20 minutes.

If you would like more information about the Forum, please contact the Secretary.

We are currently recruiting new volunteers to join SLAF. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the 2018 application form. Please return this form to the Secretary of the Somerset Local Access Forum to the address below or email a copy to by 28 February 2018.


Address: Local Access Forum Secretary
Somerset County Council
Rights of Way Maintenance and Development Team
County Hall

Phone: 01823 356018

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