Agenda Item No. 4
VALE OF GLAMORGAN LOCAL ACCESS FORUM: 22ND FEBRUARY, 2012
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY
APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MEMBER TO REPRESENT DISABLED PEOPLE
The establishment of a Local Access Forum is governed by the Countryside Access (Local Access Forums) (Wales) Regulations 2001. Regulation 7(f) states that an authority must have regard to the need to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, a fair balance between persons of different genders, races, ages, disabilities and other characteristics.
Members are asked to consider an opportunity to address that imbalance in so far as it applies to disabilities. A representative from the Cardiff and the Vale Coalition of Disabled People sat as a member of the previous Forum. The individual concerned felt unable, due to other commitments, to continue to play a part in the work of the Forum but has put forward the name of the Access Group Co-ordinator (and Advocacy Officer) for Diverse Cymru (formerly Cardiff and the Vale Coalition of Disabled People [VCDP]).
The Regulations governing the appointment of additional members state:
Regulation No. 5(1) An AA may … at any time appoint further members …
5(3) Before an AA exercises its powers under para. (1) … it must consult the forum …
5(9) Before appointing … the AA must require that person to provide it with such information … for the purpose of assessing that person’s suitability …
RECOMMENDED - T H A T the Forum consider the matter.