The members of the Wiltshire and Swindon Countryside Access Forum (WSCAF) represent a wide variety of interests including those of walkers, cyclists, horse riders, carriage drivers, trail riders and motorised drivers, farmers, land managers and rural businesses, education, local communities and nature conservation.
They are fulfilling their statutory role in advising Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and other bodies on ways to improve access to the countryside and related areas for residents, visitors and tourists.
Members on WCAF represent a range of interests related to accessing the countryside. Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 members Membership has to be reasonably balanced between landmanaging and user interests and complemented by ‘other’ relevant interests. Members are not appointed to represent their organisation but are appointed as individuals. To contact any member of the forum please contact the WCAF Secretary in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expressions of interest for new members are always welcomed all through the year. If you wish to join, contact the Secretary and also do think about coming along as an observer or member of the public so you can see how the group operates.Close
WCAF meets two to three times per year, and main meetings are open to the public subject to some conditions. If you are thinking of attending a meeting you must contact the Secretary a week in advance as most meetings for cost and location convenience are held at Westdown Camp which is a restricted access MOD site.Close
To be held on Wednesday 05 September at 12:45pm (for 1pm start)
Next meeting agenda
Recent meeting papers
The agenda and papers for the most recent meetings are available to download. They usually include the confirmed minutes from the meeting before.
Previous meeting papers available by email, contact the WCAF Secretary.
Wiltshire and Swindon Countryside Access Forum Members
- Keen dog walker
- Has represented Forum at a regional level
- Main focus is to ensure that the Forum harnesses the knowledge and expertise of its members so that the Forum can focus its efforts and be a valuable resource
- Volunteer and active in: Nature Conservation & Rights of Way maintenance and signing
- Other interest is place and surname etymology
- Chairman and Bridleways Officer British Horse Society, Wiltshire
- Member of the BHS, Regional Rights of Way Committee for the South West
- Qualified and practising Solicitor with approx. 40 years experience in land law and development transactions and projects, including rights of way issues
- Keen horse rider with particular interest in long distance hacking
- Very interested in maintaining rights of way and expanding the rights of way network
- Believes that rights of way are part of our history and should be kept clear and in good use.
- Believes that Access Land was a waste of time and money and the funds should have been spent on the rights of way network.
- Member of his local parish council.
- Very interested in the maintenance of rights of way and is keen to see more funding from the national government.
- Independent (unaffiliated) LAF member representing ‘other’ interests
- Countryside Access, access strategy & development and rural access tourism specialist
- Keen to ensure children can access countryside, especially by traffic-free cycling
- Keen for the LAF to promote and enhance Wiltshire’s countryside and join up access land, PRoW, green roads and other sites to benefit farming and rural economy
- Chair of Calne Area Transport Group – focusing on the promotion of safe cycling and walking
- Member of a Community Area Board
- Keen walker, equestrian and cyclist
- Particular focus is on more accessibility and informed use
- Rights of Way & Road Conservation Officer, Trail Riders’ Fellowship
- Keen to facilitate evidence-based discourse and help produce an accurate Definitive Map
- Has enjoyed recreational use of Wiltshire’s countryside by most methods
- Area Footpath Secretary for the Wiltshire Ramblers
- Particularly interested in the maintenance and improvement of existing rights of way
- A keen walker, cyclist and in particular equestrian.
- Interested in the historical evidence of rights of way.
- Keen to encourage conservation.
- Senior Access and Recreation Advisor for DIO.
- Seeking the appropriate balance between military training and recreational use across the military estate.
- Keen walker and mountain biker.
- Main focus is in the historical recording of rights of way in particular byways as they offer the most unrestricted access to the public.
- Believes that the main focus should be on ensuring the definitive map is accurate.
- NFU County Adviser for Wiltshire representing ~800 farmers and growers
- Interest in partnership working between landowners, local authority and network users to ensure safe, responsible use of RoW in the county
- Particular interest in carriage driving. Would like to see improvements to the rights of way network so that this pastime can take place off road as much as possible as there are much more motorised vehicles on the roads.
- Keen to see byways preserved, maintained and in good use.