(d) Synopsis of Key Points of the Meeting of the National Access Forum for Wales: 13th July 2010 -
It was agreed that an electronic version of the presentation made at the above meeting in respect of the Wales Outdoor Recreation Survey would be forwarded to members.
With regard to the research project proposal in respect of “The Economic Value of Walking / Hill Walking in Wales”, Mrs. V.M. Hartrey referred to an element of funding for the project having become available and her hope that it could now proceed.
Mr. G. Teague referred to the demonstration of a web-based geographic information system resource developed in Pembrokeshire and South West Wales along the coast. National Geographic had recognised Pembrokeshire as the second best coastal destination in the world because of its being in excellent shape, relatively unspoiled and likely to remain so. He understood that once the Wales Coast Path was completed, the rating would be upgraded to the best in the world.
The Chairman alluded to the Council’s programme regarding the Local Development Plan. He understood a consultation period would be commencing in Spring 2011 and informed members that an item would be placed on the agenda for the meeting on 27th January 2011.
Mr. R. Pittard informed members that he had attended the latest meeting of the National Forum, which had taken place on 9th November 2010. As was normal practice, a synopsis of the issues raised would be submitted to the next meeting of the Forum. However, Mr. Pittard briefed members on the following specific issues.
· the future of British Waterways, which was likely to become a trust
· reference to concern which had been expressed at the Local Access Forum Chairmen’s meeting regarding the future funding of Rights of Way Improvement Programmes. He referred to a manifesto discussed by the National Access Forum for Wales (NAFW) and to the fact that many members of the National Forum had wished it to go forward as a NAFW policy statement. This had not been possible as the Government Member of NAFW was unable to lobby. It therefore remained a matter for individual organisations to progress.
· Coastal Access Improvement Programme funding - Mr. Pittard’s understanding being that funding of £2.9m. and £2m. was to be made available by the European Union and the Welsh Assembly Government respectively
· walking / cycling - capital funding was likely to be hit particularly hard.
Reference was made to the ongoing Glastir programme. Mr. Traherne expressed his view that, across Wales, a lot of permissive paths might well be lost if take up of the scheme by farmers was low, as seemed possible.
Mr. Pittard referred to an item discussed at the NAFW meeting of 9th November in respect of “Living Wales”. He considered the consultation document should be looked at by relevant bodies. The document related to proposals regarding future environmental structure / organisation.
AGREED - T H A T the National Access Forum Wales manifesto be circulated to members of the Council’s Forum.