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Agenda Item No.

 

VALE OF GLAMORGAN LOCAL ACCESS FORUM:  26TH JANUARY, 2011

 

 

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY

 

 

SYNOPSIS TAKEN FROM THE MEETING NOTES OF THE NAFW HELD ON 9th NOVEMBER 2010

 

TOPIC

OUTCOME/RESULTANT ACTION

1. NAFW Chairman

Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd introduced himself as the new Chairman and Lucy Swannell as the new secretariat.

2. WAG Access Priorities

Presentation given by John Arwel Watkins, Head of Access and National Park Policy which focussed on the priorities of

·        Coastal access and the Wales coastal path

·        ROWIPs

·        Access to inland water

·        Living in Wales.

 

During the course of subsequent discussion, reference was made to

·        the fact that Councils often used ROWIP funding to draw down funding from other agencies, and it was agreed that, if possible, CCW inform the Forum as to the amount of extra funding that ROWIP has been used to draw down

·        that the LAF Chairs manifesto be circulated to all Forum members to enable support to be given at a local level.

 

A copy of the aforementioned manifesto is attached to the report.

3. Wales Coastal Path

 

Quentin Grimley from CCW updated members on progress, illustrating his presentation with various examples of recent developments – including the upgraded path at Sully.

 

4. Glastir

Jont Bulbeck (CCW) updated the meeting on latest developments on behalf of WAG.  He referred to the 2 main elements of Glastir, namely the All Wales element (AWE) and the Targeted Element (TE) Interviews in respect of the AWE during 2011 with AWE agreements commencing in January 2012. The AWE would not pay farmers for permissive access but would require compliance with the landholder’s legal obligations such as those to keep PROWs unobstructed.  TE agreement holders would be selected based on AWE applications and the initial TE agreements would commence in January 2013.  Provision of paid for access is included under Glastir along similar lines to Tir Gofal.

  

3. Training Volunteers

The Ramblers Association was taking steps to increase the amount of volunteer activity from not just its members but from the general public.  Jean Rosenfeld drew attention to the work LAFs were doing in involving their community councils since each had a contact who knew the local footpaths. A representative from the RA indicated that the RA hoped to appoint 2 officers to work specifically with them.

 

4. Potential merger of CCW, FCW and EA

Jont Bulbeck updated the meeting in respect of the above review of the delivery of environmental services, the aim being initially to develop closer working relationships and a significant sharing of resources and services, culminating in a new, single organisation. It was anticipated that a report would be submitted to the WAG Minister for consideration in the new year.

 

Members are asked to note that a full copy of the draft meeting notes are available upon application to the Secretary.