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Community Asset Transfer

Future health is about people taking back responsibility for their own health, in its widest sense. This means not only physical health, but also economic, social and cultural health.

Community Asset Transfer could mean an opportunity for organisations like ours (voluntary or community based) to access lower cost buildings and land where we can develop projects in the community interest.

Seachange is holding free consultation events on Scarborough Borough Council’s Draft Community Asset Transfer Plan and particularly welcomes views from the voluntary and community sector.

We want to share this with you so that, if you’re a voluntary or community organisation, you can have your say and benefit too!

Free Consultation Events:

Wednesday 29th August 2012

9.30a.m. – 11.30 a.m.  -  Green Lane Centre, Whitby.

1.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. – Large Annexe, Allatt House, Scarborough.

Contact : post@seachange-community.org to request a copy of the plan and booking form.

Booking form to be returned to Seachange by 12 noon on Tuesday 21st August.

Consultation closes Friday 7th September 2012.

Some FAQs:

What is Community Asset Transfer (CAT)?

CAT is primarily about long leasehold (25-99 years) or freehold arrangements of land and buildings owned by, in this case, Scarborough Borough Council (SBC.)

Who can community assets be transferred to?

Community Assets can be transferred to voluntary or community organisations, or other public bodies such as town and parish councils.

How could this benefit communities?

In many cases local authorities are able to transfer their land and buildings to community based organisations at below market value, where the transfer will help to promote or improve the economic, social, or environmental well-being of an area. SBC would like to increase the numbers of people and the range of opportunities that a building or piece of land offers.

How does this fit in with the bigger picture?

Community Asset Transfer is in line with the coalition government’s policies in relation to Localism and the Big Society- devolving power to communities and neighbourhoods.

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