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Publication - Consultation Paper

Community empowerment and common good property: consultation on draft guidance

Published: 30 Jun 2017
Part of:
Communities and third sector, Public sector
ISBN:
9781788510752

Consultation on guidance for local authorities on how to fulfil the requirements of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

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Contents
Community empowerment and common good property: consultation on draft guidance
Chapter 2 – Identifying and contacting Community Bodies

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Chapter 2 – Identifying and contacting Community Bodies

1. When the list of property is published, local authorities must invite community councils and other community bodies to consider the list and provide their views.

How to contact Community Bodies

2. The definition of "community bodies" given in section 106 of the Act is quite broad. We recognise that it may be difficult for local authorities to identify every individual group with a potential interest in a piece of common good property. Therefore we recommend that local authorities work with community planning partners and organisations such as Voluntary Action Scotland to help identify relevant groups in the local area. Local authorities should also note that the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 defines specific geographical areas where communities will have an interest in common good property.

3. We expect local authorities to use a variety of methods to reach community bodies and they may find the revised National Standards for Community Engagement helpful when trying to connect with diverse groups of people from across the community. Community councils are already statutory consultees in the planning process and we would recommend that local authorities take advantage of these existing links when notifying community councils about proposals relating to common good property.

QUESTION 4: What, if any, further ways should local authorities use to identify and contact relevant community bodies?


Contact

Email: Common Good Guidance Consultation, CGConsultation@gov.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG