Outside body

Local Access Forum


“Working together to improve public access to the countryside and public open spaces in Torbay.”


The Torbay Local Access Forum (TLAF) is a statutory forum which was set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in June 2003.  The purpose of the Forum is to give independent advice to Torbay Council and other bodies (including the Secretary of State, Natural England, English Heritage and Sport England) on how to make the countryside and public open spaces more accessible and enjoyable for open-air recreation, in ways that address social, economic and environmental issues, and having regard to issues of particular local relevance.



The TLAF is made up of between 10 and 16 members with wide ranging interests.  They can represent landowners and managers, users of access land (such as walkers, horse riders and cyclists) and other interests such as tourism, conservation, disability issues and outdoor sport.


Use the link below to view the Rights of Way Improvement Plan:


Rights of Way Improvement Plan


Use the link below to view an interactive map of Public Rights of Way by selecting ‘Public Rights of Way’ from the drop down list:




Use the link below to access agendas and minutes of previous meetings for the Torbay Local Access Forum:


Agendas and minutes

Contact information

Location: Meeting Room 10, Paignton Library, Great Western Road, Paignton, TQ4 5AG

Email: torbaylaf@torbay.gov.uk

c/o Governance Support
Town Hall
Castle Circus

Phone: (01803) 207064

Website: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/localaccessforum

Torbay is not responsible for the content of any external link

Our representatives

  • Bobby Singh
  • John Gillett
  • Margaret Forbes-Hamilton - Parks, Green Spaces, heritage/Torquay Co-Ordinator/Environment Lead
  • Bob Harvey - Land Owner
  • Alan Robinson - Walking
  • Chris Lingard (Guest) - Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust