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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Appointment of person to conduct ballot on proposal to buy land

106.Sections 51 and 52 of the 2003 Act provide for a ballot to be carried out by the community body. Section 49 of the Act inserts a new section 51A into the 2003 Act which amends the procedure of the ballot and provides that it is to be carried out by an independent ballotter. The responsibility for appointing a ballotter and the expense of conducting the ballot lie with Ministers.

107.Subsections (2) to (6) of the new section 51A of the 2003 Act set out the procedure for the conduct of the ballot. So that the ballotter has all the necessary information in order to undertake the ballot, Ministers are obliged under subsection (2) to provide the ballotter with a copy of the application under section 37 of the 2003 Act and such other information as Ministers may prescribe in regulations. Subsection (3) provides that Ministers must do this within 28 days of the valuer being appointed under section 59 of the 2003 Act. Ministers must also provide the community body with the contact details of the ballotter under subsection (4).

108.Subsections (5) and (6) of the new section 51A of the 2003 Act require that the community body must, within 7 days of receiving notification of the value of the land under section 60(2) of the 2003 Act, provide the ballotter with wording for the proposition that the community body buy the land, together with other information as set out in regulations. The other information to be set out in regulations may relate to the community body, its proposals, the valuation and other matters. The form of the notification of the other information referred to may also be set out in regulations. Section 52(2) of the 2003 Act is repealed.

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