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Dorset Local Access Forum - Get involved

If you would like to be a member of the Dorset Local Access Forum (DLAF), find out about what's involved and how to apply to be a member.

Be part of the team that helps develop Dorset's public paths and green space to improve opportunities for recreation, public health, local planning, sustainable transport, local economy, disabled access, land management and tourism attractions.

We are currently recruiting new members!

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from people of all ages to bring enthusiasm and experience regarding one or more of the following:

  • Someone who enjoys walking, horse-riding, horse-carriage driving, cycling, 4X4 or other outdoor activities for recreation/health, and/or who uses the county's rights of way to travel sustainably around their local area
  • An owner, occupier and/or manager of land - especially with open access or Public Right of Way
  • Someone involved with matters such as health, planning, tourism, disability, transport, the economy where improved paths and green space could bring additional public benefits

This could include people with experience in the following:

Walking, dog walking, jogging/running/orienteering, horse riding/carriage driving, cycling/mountain biking, motorised/motor bike users, water based activities/sports, Landowners/managers/farmers, Forestry, Conservation landscapes, Tourism, Health, Sustainable Transport, Education, Business/Economy, Planning & Development, Climate Change, Community & Culture, Diversity & Equality - older/younger/people with disability/ethnic minority communities.


You need to be available to attend 3 DLAF meetings a year, usually on Fridays in March, July and November.  At times there is the need to attend additional forum meetings, site visits and working groups meetings.

Why apply?

Help shape the management and development of public rights of way, cycle & multi-user routes, public green space and open access land.

  • Contribute to the debate- share your experience and expertise from your specific field
  • Meet and work with others- listen to and share ideas with access related organisations to solve problems
  • Be informed- receive regular local and National Access information updates and information relating to access law, policy, legislation, and how it can benefit social, economic and environmental issues
  • Help make a difference- influence local and UK policy and advise on Dorset County Council access management strategy and policy.

How to apply in 2017

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