Council to transfer assets to communities

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Community and voluntary groups across the city are being invited to find out more about the latest stage of the council’s Community Asset Transfer Programme at a series of information evenings in September.

The programme is about giving the community more control over the facilities they use on a daily basis, such as leisure centres, libraries and Milton Keynes’s open space.

Five engagement and information meetings will be held to give people the chance to hear more about the transfer of five community buildings from council control. This will be the first phase of the Community Asset Transfer Programme, following on from a pilot that was held earlier this year to transfer Green Park Community Centre, Stony Stratford Library, Simpson Village Hall, the Frank Moran Centre, and Downs Barn Pavilion & Sports Ground.

Paul Sanders, Community Facilities Unit Assistant Director, said: “Although the programme is in its early stages, we have been pleased with the progress made in the pilot. Each applicant has had to undergo a robust process before the asset was considered for transfer. The Council recognises the value of ‘localism’, enabling local community partners to take more responsibility for local assets and to empower these new arrangements with those organisations that may be best-placed to achieve this.”

The following engagement and information meetings have been arranged. This is subject to the approval of the adoption of the Council’s Approach to Community Asset Transfer through a Delegated Decision Cabinet Report on 31 July 2012.

Loriner Place Depot, Great Linford will be up for discussion on September 4 between 6pm and 7pm at Great Linford Public Pavilion, High Street.

Duncombe Street Community Centre will be discussed on September 5 at the same time at Duncombe Street Community Centre.

Rickley Park, West Bletchley will be up for discussion on September 11 between 6pm and 7pm at Warwick Road Activity Centre.

A discussion on Fishermead Sports Ground will be held on September 12 between 6pm and 7pm at Eaglestone Centre and Crosslands Depot, Stantonbury will be discussed on September 18 between 6pm and 7pm at Bancroft Meeting Place.

If anyone would like to find out more about Milton Keynes Council’s Community Asset Transfer programme, visit the website