Common Good consultation gets underway

Archived news: published on Monday 01 Jul 2019 by Fife Council

The Bruce Fountain in Falkland is a common good asset

The Bruce Fountain in Falkland is a common good asset

From musical instruments to Provosts' chains, there are common good property and assets all across Fife.

And now Fife Council is consulting with local groups and organisations across Fife to make sure the current register of common goods is accurate and up to date.

Head of the council's Community and Neighbourhoods Service Paul Vaughan explained: "Common good is property owned by a council which has been passed down, through local government reorganisation, from former burghs.

"Those burghs would have received it as a gift or purchased it. The definition of what is and what isn’t common good is complex and relies on the interpretation of case law. However, it includes land and buildings, and items such as furniture and art. It will normally include a fund of cash, which is made up of investments and income both from rents and disposals of property."

The Scottish Government is asking all councils across Scotland to consult communities on their common good assests as part of the Community Empowerment Act 2015. This is to help make sure there is community involvement in decisions taken about their identification, use and disposal.

The council’s common good assets are:

  • 287 land and building assets
  • 645.6 hectares of land (equivalent to over 1000 football pitches)
  • £8.3 million of heritable property, investments and revenue
  • 400 items of movable common good assets such as civic regalia, works of art and other collections 

Please take a look at the register document and if you are aware of any omissions or corrections that are required please let us know: www.fifedirect.org.uk/commongoodregister

 

Paul Vaughan, Head of Communities & Neighbourhoods 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 12 41 Fax: 01592 583527 Contact Paul Vaughan online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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