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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Common good registers

371.Section 102 requires each local authority to establish and maintain a register of its common good property. Before establishing this register it must publish a list of what it proposes to include, and notify any community councils and other community bodies in its area. In this Part, “community bodies” are defined as any group set up to promote or improve the interests of any communities which exist in the area. Community councils and community bodies must be invited to comment on the proposed register, and the local authority must take account of any comments made by those bodies or anyone else. This gives everyone the opportunity to say whether they think the local authority has missed any common good property from the list, or included anything which is not part of the common good.

372.Subsection (8) requires the local authority to make its completed common good register available for the public to inspect in person, and to make it available on a website or by other electronic means.

373.Section 103 requires local authorities to have regard to any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers about common good registers. Before issuing any guidance, the Scottish Ministers must consult local authorities, community councils, and appropriate community bodies.

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