Joint Local Access Forum

Information about what the Joint Local Access Forum is, who sits on the forum, who chairs the meetings, when are the meetings, are the meetings open to the public, can members of the public speak and how and when you can view the agenda and minutes.

What is the Joint Local Access Forum (LAF)?

Local Access Forums are advisory bodies. Section 94 of the CROW Act defines their statutory function as being to advise as to the improvement of public access to land in the area for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area, and as to such other matters as may be prescribed.

Following the procedure identified in Section 94, Regulation 13 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Kingston upon Hull City Council established a Joint Local Access Forum (LAF).

Although supported by East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull Councils the Joint LAF is an independent body.

The Rural Policy and Partnership Service within the council provide the secretariat for the Joint Local Access Forum.

Who sits on the forum?

Membership of the forum is as follows:

  • Hazel Armstrong (Chair)
  • John Gatenby (Vice-Chair)
  • Alison Botten
  • Michael Butler
  • Keith Greenwood
  • Alan Gribben
  • Gordon Hawcroft
  • Dr Andrew Hersom
  • Terry Holmes
  • Peter Kite
  • Ruth Marsden
  • John Nicholson
  • Prof Ian Reid
  • Stephen Richardson
  • Brian Savage
  • Lynda Varey
  • Councillor Julia Conner (Hull City Council) (external website)
  • Councillor Denise Howard (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

Who chairs forum meetings?

Meetings of the forum are chaired by Mrs Hazel Armstrong.

Can I apply to join the Joint Local Access Forum?

There are currently no vacancies on the Joint Local Access Forum but if you are interested in joining the forum and would like to be notified of future vacancies please send an email to

Details of the future recruitment of forum members will also be posted on this webpage.

When are meetings of the forum?

Joint Local Access Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 20 September 20232pmThe Courtyard, Boothferry Road Goole, DN14 6AE
Wednesday, 13 December 20232pmHull Guildhall, 77 Lowgate, Hull HU1 2AA

The locations of meetings are varied to give fair access to people living in different parts of the area covered by the Joint LAF.

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes. Meetings are open to the public but there may be some matters which will be considered in private. During such situations, members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting at this point. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law. Places at meetings are limited, therefore places must be booked in advance by contacting the Committee Manager on the contact details below.


Please note: refreshments are not normally available for members of the public to access at meetings.

Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

Yes, new legislation means that you can film, record, take photos and use social media during open meetings. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

Can members of the public speak at meetings?

Yes. Members of the public are permitted to ask questions or raise areas for future discussion at the beginning of every meeting, at the discretion of the Chairman.

We would recommend that any questions should be forwarded to the Secretariat, by emailing, seven days in advance of the meeting to enable issues raised to be investigated so that a response can be given at the meeting.

How and when can I view agenda and minutes?


Agendas and reports for the forum are placed on public deposit five clear working days before each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda below.

Reports containing exempt or confidential matters will not, however, be available.


Minutes for forum meetings are placed on public deposit following each meeting and can be downloaded by selecting the relevant minutes below.

Please note: that agendas and minutes of meetings prior to those available online may be obtained by contacting the committee manager, Tracey Tomlinson:

Tel: (01482) 393203

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
Cross Street
HU17 9BA.

Please note: there may be a charge for copying any information. Contact us for more details via the methods above.

Where can I view the annual report?

To view the latest annual report of the forum please click on the document below:

Joint Local Access Forum Annual Report 2022-23(pdf 3mb)

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