In 2013 the Council agreed to a programme of transferring community based assets and services to voluntary groups and parish councils, beginning with a series of “Quick Wins” alongside the development of a more detailed framework and criteria. Since then there have been a number of successful Community Asset Transfers, for example for example Scout land at Kelston Rd, Alexandra Bowls Club, S&D Heritage Railway.
The draft Community Asset Transfer Policy builds upon the work already undertaken and will form part of the Corporate Asset Management Plan.
It provides a detailed framework and criteria for organisations wishing to apply. It follows the principles set out in the guidance document produced by “Locality” on Community Asset Transfer and examples taken from other local authorities including Bristol City Council, Isle of Wight and Wigan Council.