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Opportunity to join the South Downs Local Access Forum

Opportunity to join the South Downs Local Access Forum

The South Downs National Park Authority is seeking volunteers to join the South Downs Local Access Forum. The group is an independent statutory advisory forum, which provides advice to the National Park Authority, Government and other public bodies on matters relating to public access to the countryside within the National Park.

The South Downs Local Access Forum has up to seven vacancies for new members. The forum is particularly seeking new members that can represent the interests of: –

  • Access for All
  • Landowners & land managers
  • Equestrians
  • Tourism & business
  • Biodiversity & Nature Recovery
  • Youth

If you have experience in any of the above areas and would like to help improve recreational access within the South Downs National Park, we’d like to hear from you.

As a LAF member, you will be expected to attend (either in person or via video link) up to 4 meetings per year. Meetings usually last up to two hours. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid. On occasion the Forum may make site visits to discuss particular topics or issues. The usual term of appointment is 3 years.

Recruitment Process and how to apply

To apply please download the role profile and application form here and email your completed form to access@southdowns.gov.uk  The deadline for applications is Friday 30th December 2022.

We will respond to all applicants and you may be invited to participate in an informal interview via MS Teams or other online video conference platform in early January 2023. We particularly encourage applications from people with a disability and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented on the Forum.


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