Community takes charge

Waverley Hall in Creetown is one of the buildings in community ownership
Waverley Hall in Creetown is one of the buildings in community ownership

Councillors have been told told that communities are continuing to take ownership of local facilities right across the region.

Members of the Council’s Communities committee heard that good progress is being made in implementing the Community Facilities Review.

The Community Empowerment Act drives communities and councils alike to work together to keep communities thriving and maintain local facilities.

In May 2016, councillors at the Communities committee agreed that as part of the agreed budget options, 33 properties should be transferred to community management or ownership.

The target for 2017/18 was for 16 facilities across Dumfries and Galloway to have been transferred to the new arrangements. Councillors were told that all 16 properties have been transferred into either the management or ownership of their community. As of April 2018, the agreed budget savings of £24,698 will be achieved in full for these 16 properties.

Chair of the Communities committee, Andy Ferguson, said “When the Community Facilities Review was agreed, our council encouraged local groups to consider the possibility of running a community facility. The response from communities taking on the running of community centres and facilities in the last couple of years has been very positive.”

Any community interested in taking on the running of their local facility should call 030 33 33 3000 and ask for their local ward manager.