minutes of the last meeting of the Forum held on the 4 February
2020 were approved as a correct record, subject to the following
140, change reference from Wellers Lane to Church Lane.
148, change reference to South East Berkshire Ramblers.
action points from the minutes not included elsewhere on the agenda
were reviewed and progress/ updates noted. Members/officers noted
how the coronavirus pandemic had significantly impacted on being
able to deliver of many of the actions.
proposed site visits to Bucklers Forest SANG and the Blue Mountain
SANG were put on hold, and the forum would look at these again when
safe to do so.
on the mapping of path furniture remains in abeyance while Rose is
on extended secondment with the comms team. To carry forward to
(Action: Rose Wicks)
has made some progress with the work to create a list of
RoW improvements and suggestions for
the creation of new paths, recreational routes and links. For
example, getting routes added to the Definitive Map. There are nine
suggestions currently on the list, which Colin will provide so
they’re distributed with the meeting minutes.
(Action: Chair/Rose Wicks)
on publicity around new SANGs opening, keeping website news items
up to date and more use of social media. There has been a huge
surge in people using outdoor spaces for fresh air and exercise,
which has been putting pressure on facilities. Comms messages have
been focused on COVID-19 and the need for safe and responsible use
of local parks and countryside. This action to be carried
(Action: Rose Wicks)
Warren was contacted by Nicola Greenwood about promoting local
routes and events connected to horse riding. Nicola sits on the Mid
and West Berks LAF and is an access and bridleway officer in the
BHS. David Warren to liaise with Jenny Young about how we can
promote horse riding in Bracknell Forest.
(Action: Jenny Yung and David Warren)
should be possible to make a creation agreement to formalise the
designation of the bridleway at Horseshoe Lake. The timing
hasn’t been the best while the site is currently very busy,
so this action needs to be carried forward.
(Action: Graham Pockett to add to future work
Chair had deferred calling a get together to discuss, review and
grade accessible routes in the Borough.
One of the suggestions had been a proposed route through Garth
Meadows. To put on hold until a site
meeting can be set up, starting from Quelm Lane.
sub-regional neighbouring LAF Chairs meeting proposed would be
impractical do to in person given the current circumstances, but
Graham Pockett would look at setting this up via Microsoft Teams.
It worked effectively for the Association of Directors of
Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) meeting he
proposal to seek an access to SANG 2 at Church Lane once all the
land required was in the ownership of the Council should be added
to the spreadsheet of suggested new routes.
(Action: Chair/Graham Pockett)
- Crowthorne FP 8 on the Broadmoor Estate – proposal to
replace steel stiles with more accessible furniture. Still no
response to enquiries sent to North West London Mental Health
Trust. Carry this action forward.
(Action: Chair/Graham Pockett)
extended his congratulations to whoever is responsible for
improving accessibility of the FPs in Warfield, by removing scissor
stiles. Rob Solomon has been doing a lot of work on
- Members discussed the path alongside the Blue Mountain SANG,
which was having significant drainage issues, being caused by the
nearby earthworks. This was being investigated with the Drainage
Engineer and developer, including whether any
conditions of planning permission had yet to be met regarding
provision of the SANG, before any proposals for improvements were
brought. BFC were also looking at an improvement project to FP10,
using s106 funding, that would improve accessibility and
- Ambarrow path
diversion – the new dedicated path is now a RoW on the Definitive Map. Signage needed to be
completed, and action in this regard was slowed due to COVID-19.
(Post-meeting note: Work completed on 22/06/2020)
(Action: Graham Pockett)
- Volunteer walks wouldn’t continue, which was a decision
taken before COVID-19. There were plenty of other local walking
groups people could get on board with. Hugh wasn’t prepared
to run the walks, while BFC didn’t take accountability for
for a sign for multi-user paths has been produced by TRF in
consultation with some LCAF members and BFC officers. To get
approval from BFC and to also run this past BHS and South East
Berks Ramblers. BFC have the right to install signs on highways,
but out of courtesy would need to check with the landowners of
where they’re looking to install the signs.
(Action: David Warren, Jenny Yung, Colin Bird and
- Cabbage Hill Path new route – to contact Thames Water to
get this moving again.
- Bracknell Forest Local Plan and Jealott’s Hill development. BFC website said
there was a delay in progressing the local plan to the next round
of consultation, as they were still processing consultation
feedback from the last round. September – expect to have the
LP ready for the pre-submission consultation, which is when LCAF
should provide input to RoW. BFC to
keep LCAF updated on timescales.
(Action: Graham Pockett and Rose Wicks)