A website set up by East Ayrshire Council to promote community facilities has been hailed as an example of best practice by the leading national body for community asset transfer in Scotland -The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS).
The website – cat.eac.eu/ – was set up by the Council to promote properties across East Ayrshire which are suitable for community asset transfer. The site also included details of the Council’s community asset transfer policy and outlines all the steps required for the application process.
Linda Gillespie, from DTAS said: “We are always keen to highlight good practice and East Ayrshire Council’s Community Asset Transfer Policy is one such example. The policy clearly shows they have put a transparent process in place and their website is excellent.”
Community Asset Transfer (CAT) presents local groups and organisations with a unique opportunity to get involved in running facilities and delivering services within their own community.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “We have a dedicated team of officers assigned to community asset transfer in East Ayrshire and they are providing invaluable support for community groups and encouraging them to consider this opportunity.
“This website is useful source of information for anyone interested in pursuing CAT; not only are the properties available for viewing online, but full details of the application progress as well as guidelines and supporting documentation are all available at the touch of a button. I would urge everyone to take a look!”
To date the Council has received 72 expressions of interest from community groups and organisations keen to explore the opportunities available through Community Asset Transfer. The CAT website is updated on a regular basis, with new and updated property details being added on a weekly basis.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the properties and the process should visit: http://cat.eac.eu/.