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New recruits for Access Forum

[Thursday 18 November 2010]

New members are needed for a group that provides guidance and advice on ways to improve public access and opportunities for open-air recreation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

There are currently five vacancies on the independent Yorkshire Dales Access Forum and application forms need to be submitted by November 26.

Rachel Briggs, the Access Development Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), said: “The Forum has the job of working with individuals and organisations that use the 680 square miles of the National Park. for leisure and enjoyment and advising on ways of improving their visits to this special place.

“This can be anything from suggesting the upgrade of a specific footpath to looking at mobility issues. The members also take part in consultation on a range of documents and strategies issued at local and national level.”

Current members represent interests ranging from land management and agriculture to local business and outdoor recreation.

The Forum meets three times a year, although members also sit on a variety of advisory groups that meet more frequently.

Malcolm Petyt, the YDNPA Member Champion for Recreation Management, said: “The Forum has been in existence for eight years and during this time it has provided very helpful advice to the Authority. Being a member is a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in access and recreation in the National park to get involved.”

Anyone who would like to join, should contact Rachel on 01969 652363 or email her at rachel.briggs@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

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