2. Local access forums

Local access forums consider and advise on access issues affecting the geographical area of the forum. For example: commenting on Draft Regulations, commenting on the Countryside Agency's Draft Maps of Access Land and Registered Common Land, and close involvement in the preparation by the individual Local Authorities of Rights of Way Improvement Plans.

Local Access Forums are set up by Local Authorities under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Area covered

The Greater Manchester Districts of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside agreed to set up a joint forum to cover their geographical areas.

These districts all have very similar topography (substantial amounts of countryside rising to the Pennine and West Pennine Moors, green wedges of countryside separating their various towns, and fairly dense networks of rights of way).

Who is in the forum?

The forum has representatives from user groups, landowners, local authority elected members and other organisations with an interest in access issues in the countryside and our towns.


Countryside rangers for Oldham Council

Oldham Council
Highways & Engineering Services
Henshaw House

Forum secretary

For locations, times and dates of meetings: