Englands 81 LAFs vary greatly in their characteristics and in how they function. In most cases there is an initial enthusiasm for public service and motivation among members. However, sometimes this lessens, partly because of uncertainty about LAFs role, and also owing to concerns about communication levels and integration within other departments and processes of the AA (appointing authority). Some LAFs are struggling to meet the statutory minimum number of members and/or keep a balanced representation of interests (particularly land management) following resignations. However, this is the minority picture with most meeting on average four times annually, and discussing issues such as PROW (public rights of way), open access land, ROWIPs (rights of way improvement plans), and Government consultation papers.
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