North Yorkshire Local Access Forum


Councillors Paul Sherwood (Chair), Dick Brew, Janet Cochrane, Rachel Connolly, Roma Haigh, David Lepper, Carol Murray, Will Scarlett, Helen Soutar, Kath Topping, Robert Heseltine, David Jeffels and Vacancy.


Wednesday, 29th September 2021


10.00 am


Remote meeting held via Microsoft Teams


Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee. Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue, with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach will be reviewed by full Council at its July meeting.  


The meeting will be available to view once the meeting commences, via the following link -  Recording of previous live broadcast meetings are also available there.






Introductions & Apologies for Absence






Election of Vice-Chair






Minutes of the Meeting held on 26 May 2021


(Pages 3 - 10)




Public Questions & Statements



Members of the public may ask questions or make statements at this meeting if they have given notice to Melanie Carr of Democratic Services (see contact details at bottom of page) by midday on Friday 24 September 2021, three working days before the day of the meeting.  Each speaker should limit themselves to 3 minutes on any item. Members of the public, who have given notice, will be invited to speak:

·          At this point in the meeting if their questions/statements relate to matters which are not otherwise on the Agenda (subject to an overall time limit of 30 minutes);

·          When the relevant Agenda item is being considered if they wish to speak on a matter which is on the Agenda for this meeting;

·          If you are exercising your right to speak at this meeting, but do not wish to be recorded, please inform the Chairman who will ask anyone who may be taking a recording to cease while you speak.





Update on Active Travel in North Yorkshire

(Pages 11 - 18)


Purpose:  To provide a highways update on the delivery of active travel projects across North Yorkshire.





Report on the Use of Volunteers in the Countryside Access Service


(Pages 19 - 24)




Secretary's Update Report

(Pages 25 - 32)


Purpose: To update LAF members on developments since the last meeting.





District Council & LAF Project Updates

(Pages 33 - 34)


Purpose: An opportunity for LAF members to update the Forum on District Council liaison and other LAF representative project activity since the last meeting.





Forward Plan

(Pages 35 - 36)


Purpose – To consider, develop and adopt a work programme for future LAF meetings.





Other business which the Chairman agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances.




Contact Details


Enquiries relating to this agenda please contact Melanie Carr Tel: 01609 533849 or e-mail:






Barry Khan

Assistance Chief Executive

(Legal and Democratic Services)


County Hall



20 September 2021




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