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Recruiting for the Dorset Local Access Forum NOW!

Help IMPROVE public paths and open space in Dorset for walking, horse riding and cycling


Enjoying Dorset's countryside and urban areas on foot, horse and bike is a pleasure for many local people and visitors but how can it be improved?

Coast path being lost to erosion, the need for safe off road/vehicle free routes for walking, cycling and horse-riding, enabling people to walk and ride and not use vehicles for local trips, how to provide better space for children to play and exercise, better access for disabled people to enjoy the countryside, maximising access opportunities for tourism and economy … The Dorset Local Access Forum considers such matters - and more - and works to find solutions to get the best from Dorset's Public Rights of Way and public green space.

Be part of the team that helps develop and improve Dorset's public paths and green space to benefit matters such as recreation, health, equality and diversity, disabled access, planning, transport, economy, conservation, land management and tourism.

The forum is an independent, statutory body providing advice to various organisations, including councils, AONBs, English Heritage, the Forestry Commission, Defra and Natural England, as well as any members of the public who request it.

Anyone can apply to join the DLAF - all they need is enthusiasm and experience of using; helping provide or of the wider issues that could be benefited by improved countryside access.  That could be:

  • someone who enjoys walking, horse-riding, cycling or other outdoor activities, or who uses the county's rights of way to travel sustainably around their local area;
  • an owner, occupier and/or manager of land - esp with open access or PRoW;
  • Someone involved with matters such as health, planning, tourism the economy where improved paths and green space could bring additional public benefits.

The DLAF brings together a diverse mix of people of all ages to provide fresh, creative and challenging ideas and advice on how to improve and develop paths and countryside access sites in Dorset.  The forum aims to make Dorset more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, both now and in the future.

To apply to join the DLAF ask Jason Read for an application pack:

Telephone 01305 224190, email or write to Jason Read, Democratic Services Officer, Corporate Resources Directorate, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted as applications, as the same range of information is required from all candidates.

For more information on the role and work of the DLAF, please contact Tara Hansford, Forum Co‑ordinator, email

DLAF website:  

DLAF recruitment pack:

Deadline: Friday 12 September 2014