Participation Requests and Asset Transfers

Participation Requests

Participation requests are a new means by which community groups can request to have a greater involvement in, and influence over, decisions and services that affect their communities and community lives.

Participation Requests A5 Leaflet – Double Sided v2

For more information on the process, the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) have developed this guidance. The Scottish Government have also published guidance on the process.

Asset Transfers

Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act introduces a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a range of public bodies for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of. They can request ownership, lease or other rights as they wish.

The public authorities must transparently assess requests against a specified list of criteria, laid out in the Act, and agree the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.

The Scottish government have prepared guidance for community bodies on the asset transfer process. SCDC have also developed information on the Asset Transfer process which you can find on their website.

Contact details

Below is a list of contact details for the public services that participation requests and asset transfer requests  can be made to.

Public Service Contact details
Aberdeen City Council Participation requests

Contact: Neil Carnegie


Asset transfers

Contact: Stephen Booth


NHS Grampian Contact: Public Involvement Team


Police Scotland Inspector Rob Sturton, Kittybrewster Community Policing Team

Participation requests:

Asset transfers:

Scottish Environmental  Protection Agency Contact: Anne Conrad / Neil Deasley


Scottish Fire and Rescue Contact: Darren Riddell


Scottish Natural Heritage Participation requests

Contact: Karen Morrison


Asset Transfer

Contact: John Kerr



NESTRANS Contact: Derick Murray