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Agenda Item No.7

 

 

VALE OF GLAMORGAN LOCAL ACCESS FORUM:  20TH APRIL, 2011

 

 

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY

 

 

SYNOPSIS TAKEN FROM THE MEETING NOTES OF THE MEETING OF THE CHAIRS OF LOCAL ACCESS FORUMS IN WALES HELD ON 15TH FEBRUARY 2011

 

TOPIC

OUTCOME / RESULTANT ACTION

1.   Walking and Cycling Strategy

Members received a presentation from Daniel Thomas, Welsh Assembly Government.  The Strategy, which had been launched in 2009 and would continue until 2013, would be subject to annual monitoring reports.  The next report is due to be published this summer.

 

2.   Glastir

The meeting was informed that Local Access Forums would be asked later in 2011 to consider access opportunities to woodland and that Forums would be fully briefed nearer the time.  CCW and WAG would be in discussion as to how information on woodlands would be provided, with it being requested that it be provided prior to September in order to allow LAFs to undertake some preliminary work prior to official consultation commencing. 

 

It was also agreed that CCW would provide a briefing for LAF Chairs on the latest Glastir developments. 

 

3.   Wales Coast Path

A presentation was given on progress on the Wales Coast Path (WCP), which would be opened in May 2012.  The Path was being developed to National Trail standards, albeit it was uncertain whether it would become a National Trail in the future.  As the main focus of the Coastal Access Improvement Programme (CAIP) was on delivery of the WCP itself, the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) funding formula had been amended so that funding could now be used to improve access in the 2km coastal zone.  Another focus would be on developing information and marketing for the WCP, with a contractor soon to be employed to take a lead on this work.  Finally, a third key objective was to put in place appropriate arrangements for long term management of the path as there was no funding in place beyond 2013.  A Wales Coast Path Partnership Group had been established in an effort to resolve these issues, with the first meeting taking place in March.

 

4.   ROWIP Funding

A spreadsheet was submitted to the meeting indicating funding allocations for 2011/12 for each Local Authority.  Rural Development Plan funding (as was being utilised in the Vale of Glamorgan) as an opportunity to fund countryside access work. 

 

5.   Feedback on LAF Chairs Manifesto

The Chair provided an update on the responses received to the Manifesto, which had been sent to all Assembly Members, with approximately 30 acknowledging receipt and supporting the Manifesto’s principles.  All four political parties had also acknowledged receipt and, similarly, expressed support.  A letter had also been received from Jane Davidson AM stating that she thought the Wales Coastal Path was an important tourism asset and was very supportive of the principles. 

 

6.   Countryside Access Management Systems (CAMS)

 

A discussion ensued as to the level of use of CAMS within Local Authorities.  It was agreed that all LAFs should encourage their Local Authorities to use CAMS in order to help prioritise works. 

 

7.   Dog Fouling on Public Rights of Way

A wide range of points were raised during the discussion in terms of actions taken within individual areas.  It was agreed that

·        the National Access Forum Statement on Dogs in the Countryside be forwarded by CCW to the Chair

·        Dewi ap Rhobert, Chair of Isle of Anglesey LAF, to write a draft letter to local authorities emphasising the health issues and asking them to work with Community Councils to try and address the issue

·        the Chair to circulate draft and send finalised version to local authorities.

 

8.    Topics for the LAF Conference - 7th June 2011

 

Possible topics for the LAF conference were discussed, with it being agreed that Lucy Swannell, CCW and the Chair streamline and further develop topic subjects. 

 

 

 

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

 

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