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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Have your say on access to the countryside

 

If you know your footpaths from your bridleways, then Cheshire East Council wants to hear from you – as it looks to recruit members for a new countryside group.

The Cheshire East Local Access Forum offers residents the opportunity to advise the Council on public access to the countryside.

The panel has a key role in looking at how the Authority, and other local bodies, can improve access to the countryside for a variety of activities, including walking, cycling and horse riding.

Anyone who has an interest in, and experience of, countryside issues is invited to join the forum.

The group must cover a range of interests and experiences, including:

  • Recreational use;
  • Land management;
  • The rural economy;
  • Nature conservation; and
  • Health, transport, heritage and other matters. 

Members of the group would be expected to start, and contribute to, discussions about countryside access, and come up with imaginative solutions to any problems they may face.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: “We are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful rural area and the right of people to get out and enjoy the countryside is vitally important.

“This is why the forum is so important, and why I would encourage anyone who can give up a little of their time to apply for one of the posts.”

The group meets four times a year. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, February 8, with interviews held on Monday, February 25.

For further information, and an application form, please contact Genni Butler on 01270 686059, or by email: laf@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Further information on the Local Access Forum is available at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/prow.

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