The Bill aims to empower communities to participate in local decision making, or to buy, lease, manage, occupy or use public sector land or buildings. It will also include a reform of the law on allotments, as well as putting community planning partnerships on a statutory basis and placing new duties on partner bodies.
Because of the Big Lottery Fund’s experience of running the Growing Community Assets and the Scottish Land Fund grant programmes, we have been closely following the development of the Bill and have provided a significant amount of evidence to both the Government and the Committee.
Now you have the chance to have your say.
The Committee’s community engagement events are taking place in Dumfries on 27 October and in Fort William on 24 November, and we would strongly encourage Scottish Land Fund and Growing Community Assets funded projects in those two areas, and indeed anyone with an interest in the community ownership of assets, to go along to give the Committee their views.
Further information about the events can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.