West Berkshire Council

Local Access Forum

Improving access to the countryside through the Mid and West Berkshire Local Access Forum (LAF)

The Mid and West Berkshire Local Access Forum (LAF) is a statutory body set up to advise West Berkshire Council (as well as Reading and Wokingham Borough councils) on matters that affect access to the countryside for the public's recreation and enjoyment. It also advises the councils on the implementation of their Rights of Way Improvement Plans (ROWIP).

The LAF is an independent group that tries to strike a balance between representatives of people and groups that use the countryside (eg walkers, cyclists, equestrians, vehicle-users), the owners of the land, and other people and organisations with relevant interests.

Discussions are wide-ranging. To ensure that specific topics are considered, LAF members contribute to four additional different "working groups". These focus on:

  • education and communications
  • access for disabled people
  • development of new access and maintenance of existing rights of way
  • the West Berkshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan (or the equivalent for Reading or Wokingham Borough councils)

Volunteering as a Local Access Forum member

Our voluntary roles include advising on the management of the public rights of way network, commons, parks and green spaces. The Forum is made up of representatives from a cross-section of interests, from walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, to rural business owners, farmers and landowners. 

For more information, to apply or to see how else you can help your community, visit our Volunteer Portal.


The next meeting of the LAF is on Wednesday 22 September 2021, 2-5pm. It is likely that the meeting will take place over an internet portal.

The Mid and West Berkshire LAF meets three times a year, once in each council's area.

Members of the public can attend the meetings and contribute to discussions. There are also vacancies that arise on the LAF from time to time. For further details or more information, please use the contact details below.  

There is more information online about Shaw House, about rights of way and green space.

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