Joint Local Access Forum

Central Bedfordshire and Luton JLAF

The Joint Local Access Forum (JLAF) is an independent advisory body working with Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council to improve enjoyment of Central Bedfordshire and Luton's countryside whilst safeguarding its future.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 required Highway Authorities to set up a Local Access Forum. Its members are local people with a balance of interests in the countryside, including recreational users, land managers and those with interests in nature conservation, heritage, business, health, transport and access for the less able.

The Forum consists of up to 22 members, all volunteers, giving their time and experience to improve countryside access for the future.

JLAF meetings

Next meeting: 21 July 2020 from 7pm to 9pm via Microsoft Teams.

All of our meetings are open to members of the public who are welcome to attend and contribute to discussions on the agenda items at the discretion of the Chair. If you wish to speak at a meeting on a subject which is not on the agenda, contact the forum secretary by email no later than 2 working days before the meeting, stating the subject that you would like to speak on and why.

The meetings will be advertised in advance both here and on the Luton Borough Council's website. Agendas, papers and minutes of the meeting will be available on the websites as above.

Agendas, minutes and related documents

21 July 2020

21 January 2020

15 October 2019

9 July 2019

9 April 2019

15 January 2019

2 October 2018

24 July 2018

18 April 2018

31 January 2018

20 September 2017

7 June 2017

8 March 2017

5 December 2016

7 September 2016

8 June 2016

2 March 2016 (Meeting 30)

2 December 2015 (Meeting 29)

30 September 2015 (Meeting 28)

24 June 2015 (Meeting 27)

29 April 2015 (Meeting 26)

21 January 2015 (Meeting 25)

Planning application and related documents

View JLAF's response to the M1 - A6 planning application

JLAF Members

Who is your representative?

A list of forum members is given in alphabetical order with a short description of their interests. All members are giving up their own time as volunteers. If you require any further information, or wish to contact a member of the forum, please contact the forum secretary or call us on 0300 300 6787.

Council representatives

  • Central Bedfordshire Council - Councillor Budge Wells
  • Luton Borough Council - Councillor Paul Castleman 
  • Chilterns Conservation Board - To be appointed

Current Forum members (name / interests) 

  • Clive Beckett - Sport and Health (Chair)
  • Councillor Paul Castleman - Appointing Authority Member (Luton Borough Council)
  • Councillor Budge Wells - Appointing Authority Member (Bedford Borough Council)
  • Tom Chevalier - Dog Walking
  • John Mardle - Friends of groups
  • Mario Costa-Sa - Motorised Users
  • Pauline Hey - Voluntary Sector
  • Andy Knight - Cycling
  • David Simkins - Land Owning and Managing
  • Caroline Shaw - Land Ownership
  • Louis Upton - Cycling and Walking (Vice Chair)
  • Tony Welch - Walking and Cycling 
  • Rosalyn Whisker - Equestrian
  • Alison Balfour Lynn - Equestrian

Contact us

Telephone: 0300 300 6787