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County Durham Local Access Forum

The County Durham Local Access Forum (LAF) is a statutory body that advises us on land access issues.


Public Rights of Way remain open, but please be considerate when using them and see our Coronavirus Public Rights of Way guidance.

Next meeting

Date of next meeting is Friday 5 February 2021 at 2.00pm. The meeting wil be held remotely through Microsoft Teams. 

The papers for the meeting will be available from Monday 1 February 2021. Please contact to request a copy.


The LAF advises us on access issues, including the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) and Open access in County Durham.

Its membership is made up of people whose knowledge and experience relates to land access. There is a great range of expertise within the LAF, with both user and landowner interests being represented fairly.

The forum meets several times a year to discuss various access issues. These meetings are open to the public and the minutes of previous meetings are available below or from the forum secretary. The forum's annual reports also outline its activities and include details of its members.

LAF minutes and annual reports


Annual Reports

Forum members

  • Pat Holding (chair)
  • Angela Johnson (vice-chair)
  • Neil Gander
  • Geoff Hughes
  • Brian Hodgson
  • David Maughan
  • Jim Welch
  • Tom Bolton
  • Geoff Rigden
  • Steve Scoffin
  • Cllr Andrea Patterson
  • Cllr Carl Marshall

More information

If you would like more information you can contact the secretary to the Durham Local Access Forum. A detailed list of England's 81 Local Access Forums and more can be found at Natural England: Local Access Forums.

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  • County Durham Local Access Forum
Contact us
Access and Rights of Way
03000 265 342
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Economic Development
  • Durham County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ

Secretary to the Durham Local Access Forum
03000 269 703
Our address is:
  • Secretary to the Durham Local Access For
  • Legal and Democratic Services
  • Room 1/14 County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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