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 can help to –
- start a dialogue about something that matters to your community – highlighting needs, issues and opportunities for improvement
- have your voices heard in policy and service development
- participate in the design, delivery, monitoring or review of service provision
- challenge decisions and seek support for alternatives which improve outcomes
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.
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
Contact: Stephen Booth
|NHS Grampian||Contact: Public Involvement Team
|Police Scotland||Inspector Rob Sturton, Kittybrewster Community Policing Team
Participation requests: LocalPolicingDevelopmentandSupport@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Asset transfers: EstatesDalmarnockHelpdesk@scotland.pnn.police.uk
|Scottish Environmental Protection Agency||Contact: Anne Conrad / Neil Deasley
|Scottish Fire and Rescue||Contact: Darren Riddell|
|Scottish Natural Heritage||Participation requests
Contact: Karen Morrison
Contact: John Kerr
|NESTRANS||Contact: Derick Murray