About Tees Valley Local Access Forum

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) states that each Highway Authority is required to establish a Local Access forum to give independent advice on the improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open air recreation and enjoyment. For general information on Local Access Forums visit the government website.

The TVLAF established in 2003 covers four Local Authorities within the Tees Valley - Hartlepool, Stockton-On-Tees, Middlesbrough and Darlington.

The TVLAF is made up of volunteers who have an interest in improving access to the countryside. We currently have 9 members with interests in cycling and walking, we also have 1 landowner.

We are currently looking for new members and would like members to have a range of interests and backgrounds so that we can gain new perspectives on the issues in our area. Ideally we are looking for people who are from user groups unrepresented currently in our Forum such as - horse-riders, people with disabilities, runners, etc. (Really the list is endless – if you visit the coast and/or countryside and have an idea on how it can be improved we would love to hear from you!)

The forum aims to meet four times per year (usually once in each local authority). We often invite speakers to the meetings to provide updates on specific points. We are kept updated via email between the meetings with regards to proposed developments that may impact open spaces and any other issues which are felt relevant to the members.

Members are able to claim mileage/parking expenses.



The primary purpose of the Tees Valley Local Access Forum is to provide relevant advice to the Appointing Authorities and other local organisations, as stipulated by the current regulations, on how to make the countryside more accessible and enjoyable for open air recreation, in ways that address social, economic and environmental issues. The Forum will assist access provision, giving advice on issues of particular relevance.

The Forum will give advice on three main topics:

  • Implementation, management and review of the statutory rights of way and access to the countryside


  • Improving the rights of way network


  • The development of recreation and access strategies that cater for a wide range of people.

Regional Working

The TVLAF work alongside other LAFS within the North East region with issues such as sustainable transport.