Local Access Forum - Hampshire Countryside Access Forum

Making improvements to public access for outdoor recreation and sustainable travel

It is a legal requirement for every county council, unitary council and national park authority to establish and support a Local Access Forum.

The Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) is the statutory joint Local Access Forum for Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.

The role of the Forum

HCAF advises the County Council and other organisations on improving opportunities to enjoy Hampshire’s countryside and coast. The Forum encourages and assists access provision and gives strategic advice on issues of particular local relevance (e.g. policies for the management and maintenance of rights of way; development and delivery of the Countryside Access Plan).

The Forum is independent of any council or interest group – it comprises local members of the public with a wealth of experience in aspects of countryside recreation and rights of way. Members are volunteers, appointed to represent an interest rather than a specific organisation. They are balanced between those who use paths (walkers, horse-riders, carriage drivers, cyclists, disabled users and vehicle users), those who provide access (farmers, land managers etc) and other interests (e.g. conservation, education). It is this wide range of interests which enables the Forum to provide balanced advice.

Membership

Members are jointly appointed by Hampshire County Council (HCC), Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council, for a 3-year term. The current term will end in summer 2020.

Current members and area of interest

  • Rachel Bryan (Volunteering)
  • Sue Coles (Cycling)
  • Robin Edwards (Landowners/managers)
  • Jacqueline England (Tourism/business/education)
  • Graham Flatt (Access and community planning)
  • Melanie Fortescue (Motor vehicles)
  • Anna Hammond (Disability/volunteering)
  • Cllr Edward Heron (Hampshire County Council)
  • Gail Johnson (Carriage driving)
  • Paul Knipe (Conservation)
  • Mark Ludlow (Land management)
  • Alan Marlow (Walking)
  • Lindsay Marshall (Farming)
  • Jim Morey (People with disabilities)
  • Sandra Nichols (Farming/landowners)
  • Gill Plumbley (Horse riding)
  • Alan Taylor (Chair) (Broad Interests including land management)
  • Andy Whincup (Vice-Chair) (Off-road cycling)
  • Nigel Wolstenholme (Land management/rural business)
  • Aileen Wood (Young people/education)

Meetings

Most meetings are held at the Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester.

The agenda for each meeting and any supporting documents will be available approximately one week before the meeting.

Meetings are open to the public. Questions can be submitted or representations made at meetings, provided notice of at least two weeks is given to the Forum Officer. Contact the Forum Officer for further information.

Meeting dates for 2018:

Meeting dates for 2019:

  • 19 March
  • 18 June
  • 10 September
  • 10 December

Minutes

Other papers

Projects and advice

In response to the provision in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act to introduce a cut-off date of 1 January 2026 for adding historic routes to the Definitive Map (the official record of public rights of way in a given area), the Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) ran a project entitled Providing Access to Hampshire’s Heritage (PATHH). HCAF was awarded just under £50,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010.

The project recruited more than 100 volunteers who undertook research to find historic evidence for routes identified to have a modern need as outlined in the Hampshire Countryside Access Plan. Workshops were also delivered to 14 schools across the county, talks were given to 21 organisations and an exhibition featured in 26 venues.
As a result of the project some new routes were added to the Definitive Map for Hampshire and more are being progressed. The research project has now been completed but background and educational material is available at Providing Access to Hampshire's Heritage (PATHH). The research findings are available from pathh.project@gmail.com

Contact us

Email: hcaf@hants.gov.uk