Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we have been asked in the past. If your query is not covered, please contact the Secretary, Richard Ball, on 01874 620464 or email him.

How often does the Local Access Forum meet? Regulations require LAFs to meet at least twice a year. However, the Brecon Beacons Local Access Forum currently meets approximately four times a year. In addition, members may also attend sub-group meetings or conferences throughout the year.

Are Local Access Forum members paid? No. Local Access Forum members give their time on a voluntary basis although they can claim any out of pocket expenses.

Who appoints the Local Access Forum members? The Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority appoints the Local Access Forum members. However, the CROW Act specifically requires that anyone appointed must be representative of : – users of public rights of way or access land; – owners/occupiers of access land or land over which local rights of way subsist, and – any other interests especially relevant to the area. There must also be a reasonable balance between the interests of users and the owners/occupiers of access land.

Can I attend a Local Access Forum meeting? Yes. Members of the public are welcomed at all meetings of the Forum and may be invited to speak at the discretion of the Chairman. Meeting dates can be found on this website.

What does the establishment of Local Access Forums mean to me? The Local Access Forums are keen to serve local people and visitors. If you have ideas about how access can be improved or managed in the National Park, please get in touch with any of the Local Access Forum members via the Secretary, Richard Ball on 01874 620464 or email him.  Because the Local Access Forum has a balanced membership you can be sure that your ideas or suggestions will be given fair consideration.

Can I contact Local Access Forum members? Should you wish to contact a member, please do this via the Secretary, Richard Ball on 01874 620464 or email him.