Residents across Hampshire have the chance to be part of a group which advises on ways of improving access to Hampshire’s countryside for recreational purposes.
The Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) needs new members to join its ranks and provide advice to organisations including Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.
Forum members are volunteers but can claim travel and other related expenses. The group meets four times a year and members are appointed for a three-year period. The closing date for applications is 3 October 2014.
The independent group discusses and makes recommendations on issues such as:
- How to balance the need for access to the countryside, towns and cities for recreation purposes within the needs of land management and conservation.
- Managing access to the countryside, towns and cities by different and sometimes competing types of users, including walkers, cyclists, climbers, horse riders, carriage drivers, 4×4 drivers and trail bike riders.
- Giving advice on the review of Hampshire’s Countryside Access Plans
Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said:
“The Access Forum gives a voice to the many different types of countryside users in Hampshire. By using the experience and knowledge of the Forum members, we are able to find consensual ways to tackle difficult issues.”
“Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council all value the advice the Forum gives because it reflects the views of the whole community rather than just one or two particular interests.”
“We are looking for people who have a good knowledge of countryside issues and who can consider the overall balance between recreation, conservation and land management. The main thing we require is enthusiasm for the role, the ability to help make consensus decisions and a desire to help make it easier for people to enjoy the beautiful Hampshire countryside.”
Anyone interested in becoming a member should visit the website www.hants.gov.uk/hcaf for more information and an application form, or contact the Countryside Access Team on 01962 846091 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org