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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Disposal and use of common good property

374.Section 104 provides that communities must be consulted before a local authority disposes of any common good property or changes its use. As with establishing the common good register, the local authority must publish its proposals, notify community councils and community bodies, and take account of any comments made by them or anyone else.

375.In this case the local authority only needs to consult community bodies which it knows have an interest in that particular property. They must also, where the local authority is Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow City Council, consult any community council in the local authority area. Apart from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils, many local authorities have one or more common good funds that are used for the benefit of different former burgh areas, and they are required to administer these funds with regard to the interests of the inhabitants of the relevant area. It would not be appropriate to consult community councils from other parts of the local authority area. Therefore section 104(5)(b) provides that the local authority must notify and invite representations from community councils whose area covers or overlaps with the area to which the common good property related prior to the abolition of burgh councils in 1975.

376.Section 105 requires local authorities to have regard to any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers about disposal or change of use of common good property and about the management and use of common good property.

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