With the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act now in force from January 2017, Fife Council is holding a free seminar to give information, support and advice to community groups and interested parties on how Fife Council will be dealing with requests under the Act.
Tue 7 February 2017
09:30 – 15:00 GMT
Windmill Community Campus
Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act came into force in January 2017. This part of the Act introduces a right for community bodies to make requests to public authorities to take over the management or ownership of any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of.
To deal with such requests, the Council has put in place a process and multi-disciplinary team to oversee community asset transfer (CAT) requests. We are now organising a seminar to raise awareness of the CAT process and the opportunities available to local communities about what that means in practice.
Purpose of the seminar
- Raise awareness of the Community Empowerment Act and the CAT process with community bodies, elected members and staff;
- Enable staff to be more confident in supporting community bodies interested in taking over an asset ;
- Enable community bodies to find out more about the community assets available in their area.
9.30am – Registration
10.00am – Introduction
Cllr David Ross, Leader of the Administration
10.10am – Community Empowerment Act & Community Asset Transfer
Lynn Molleson and Heather Clinton, COSS
10.45am – Fife Council’s Community Asset Transfer Process
Danny Cepok, Local Community Planning Manager
11.05am – Questions
11.20am – Comfort Break
11.40am – Integrated Community Facilities: A Success Story, Windmill Community Campus
Andrew Stokes, Programme Manager, Customer Service Delivery
12.00 noon – Managing an Asset: What does it mean in practice?
12.30pm – Community Asset Transfer Guidance
Heather Clinton, COSS
12.50pm – Questions
1.00pm – Lunch
Workshop 1 (for staff)
What staff need to know about supporting groups through the CAT process
Workshop 2 (for community groups)
What community groups need to know in managing an asset and where to get support
3.00pm – Close
Tickets have to be ordered (free) from EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-make-places-opportunities-for-community-ownership-and-management-in-fife-tickets-31090456392