Forum Administration and Allowances

The Forum normally meets formally four times a year, although working group meetings may also be held to ensure that Cornwall Council and the Countryside Agency receive timely advice to inform the mapping and restriction management procedures. The provisional maps of open country and registered common land for Cornwall were published in March 2004.

Public meetings are usually held at County Hall, Truro, although this may vary from time to time. Some occasional working group meetings or site visits may also be held.

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Cornwall Council provides a Secretary for the Forum. The Secretary arranges meetings, agrees meeting agendas with the Chairman, circulates agendas and papers for the meetings and helps the Chairman to run the Forum according to the Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2007. The Secretary also produces minutes for meetings and facilitates the provision of information to the public.

The Secretary is the link between the Forum, Cornwall Council, Natural England, DEFRA and local access forums. The Secretary will report, as appropriate, the views of the Forum to the relevant officers and committees of Cornwall Council and will report back to the Forum on any responses or action taken following its advice.

The Forum is required to produce a short Annual Report for Natural England.

The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Members are appointed on a voluntary basis, but are able to claim reasonable travel expenses for attendance at meetings, approved training events and other approved visits in line with the Cornwall Council's Members' Allowances Scheme.