15/05/2018 - Are you interested in being a voluntary member of the Joint Local Access Forum (the JLAF) which gives independent advice to the councils on access, including on public rights of way and access land both in the countryside and in urban areas? The JLAF is currently seeking to recruit new JLAF members and more information can be found on the 'Becoming a Member of the JLAF' page.
09/03/2018 - The March JLAF Meeting has been rescheduled for 2pm on Monday 26th March 2018 and will be held in the Keynsham Community Space.
JLAF Meeting Cancelled
01/03/2018 - The JLAF meeting scheduled for Friday 2 March 2018 has been cancelled due to the severe weather warning and the Met Office's advice for only essential travel in the affected areas. The meeting will be rescheduled and the new date advertised on these webpages in due course.
31/01/2018 - The JLAF have produced a Work Plan setting our their priorities for the year ahead.
10/08/2017 - The Somer Valley Walking Festival takes place on the weekend of 16th and 17th September and features a range of free walks for all abilities.
26/06/2017- DEFRA has published their lastest Costal Access Newsletter.
Election of JLAF Chair
13/03/2017 - Mark O'Sullivan has been elected as the new Chair of the JLAF for 2017.
09/03/2017 - Are you interested in being a voluntary member of the Joint Local Access Forum (the JLAF) which gives independent advice to the councils on access, including on public rights of way and access land both in the countryside and in urban areas? The JLAF is currently seeking to recruit new JLAF members and more information can be found on the 'Becoming a member of the JLAF' page.
Resignation of JLAF Chair
07/12/2016 - Chris Bloor has resigned as Chair of the JLAF. The election of the new Chair will take place at the JLAF's next meeting in March 2017.
24/03/2016 - DEFRA has published their latest Coastal Access Newsletter.
21/01/2016 - DEFRA has published their latest Coastal Access Newsletter.
21/01/2016 - Natural England have published issue 8 of 'LAF News'
28/09/2015 - DEFRA has published their latest Coastal Access Newsletter.
08/09/2015 - Natural England have published issue 7 of 'LAF News'
08/07/2015 - DEFRA has published their latest Coastal Access Newsletter. DEFRA are currently working on the section of the English Coastal Path which runs through the JLAF's area
06/07/2015 - Chris Bloor has been elected as the Chair of the JLAF and Mark O'Sullivan has been elected as the Vice-Chair of the JLAF. The JLAF is also pleased to welcome Kate Chubb, Robert Davies and Cllr Liz Richardson as new members.
12/01/2014 - Natural England have published a Site Improvement Plan for the Avon Gorge Woodlands
16/12/2014 - Natural England have published issue 5 of 'LAF News'
10/12/2014 - Natural England’s third annual report to Defra on the work that Local Access Forums achieved during the year ending 31 March 2014.
05/12/2014 - The Cotswold Conservation Board have issued their conference report Access Conference Report entitled 'Making The Most Of The Cotswolds'
02/12/2014 - Natural England have published their site improvement plan for the Chew Valley Lake.
New Chair and Vice-Chair
07/11/2014 - Cllr Douglas Nicol has been appointed as the new Chair of the JLAF and Chris Bloor has been appointed as the new Vice-Chair of the JLAF; both appointments will run until July 2015
06/11/2014 - The JLAF is pleased to welcome Cllr Charlie Bolton and Peter Bird as new members.
31/10/2014 - Natural England have accepted notification of ’28 day’ discretionary restrictions under Section 22 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 by the landowner affecting the Access Land at Hawkesbury Knoll and Broad Hillfor. The restrictions will apply on 31 October, 7, 14 and 24 November, 5, 12, 19 and 30 December 2014 and 9, 16, 26 and 30 January 2015.
November 2014 meeting of the JLAF
24/10/2014 - The next JLAF Meeting will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, 7 November 2014 at Bath & North East Somerset Council's Community Room above Keynsham Library; further information can be found on the 'Next Meeting' webpage.
David Waterstone CBE
03/10/2014 - It is with great sadness that we must announce that David Waterstone passed away earlier this week. In 1991, David was awarded a CBE for his work as the Chief Executive of the Welsh Development Agency and he had been the Chair of the JLAF since November 2011. David has made a signicant and lasting contribution to the public rights of way in Bath and North East Somerset; David built drystone walls as a member of the Cotswold Wardens Volunteers, represented the Ramblers' Association as their local Footpath Secretary and established the Bath Ramblers' Volunteer Team. David's commitment and hardwork will be gratefuly missed by all those who had the pleasure of working with him.
DEFRA's Coastal Access Newsletter
30/09/2014 - Issue 64 of DEFRA's newsletter concerning the project to create an English coastal path is available now.