The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 introduces Participation Requests and Asset Transfers. Participation Requests aim to extend and improve community participation in improving outcomes for communities. Asset Transfers introduce a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a range of public bodies for any land or building they feel they could make better use of.
More information on both of these processes is detailed below along with contact details for the Community Planning Partners.
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.
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.
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, requires that we publish an annual report on Aberdeen City Council’s activity in relation to Participation Requests and Asset Transfers, you can find the 2017/2018 Annual report here.
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|
Contact: Neil Carnegie
Contact: Stephen Booth
Contact: Public Involvement Team
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|
Contact: Karen Morrison
Contact: John Kerr
Contact: Derick Murray