The Access Reform Advisory group provides advice on the implementation of access reform.

About the group

The Access Reform Advisory Group was established in 2019. This followed the Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Consultation. The establishment of the group was part of our response to this consultation: Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Consultation – Access Proposals.

The group will comprise a Steering Group and 3 Expert Groups. The Steering Group has been appointed and will meet once a month.

The infographic outlines the group’s membership and how it will work.

Our remit

The group’s remit is:

  • to provide advice on the implementation of access reform proposals
  • to report back to the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government in March 2021

Steering Group Membership

Steering Group Membership:

  • Simon Pickering (Welsh Government)
  • Jont Bulbeck (Natural Resources Wales (NRW))
  • Ben Sears (Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA))
  • Adrian Walls (Wales Rights of Way Managers Working Group)
  • Eifion Jones (National Parks Wales/Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB))

Expert Groups

Three expert Groups will be set up to consider:

  • Changes to Open Access
  • Flexibility on public paths
  • Communicating access rights

Each Expert Group will include representatives of:

  • Land Management interests; including farming unions and landowner representatives
  • Recreational interests; including cyclists, horse riders and walkers
  • Public Sector.

Recruitment of the Expert Groups will take place before the end of 2019.