Pillars of the community

English Heritage has produced a guide aimed for both local government and community groups on when and how to transfer heritage assets to local (parish and town) councils and community ownership.

The need for local government to make savings is resulting in many taking a close look at the property they own and looking for opportunities to rationalise. At the same time, there are increasing opportunities, provided in part by legislative change, for communities to take a more active role in their local area. These two principles are brought together in the transfer of assets from local authorities to community ownership. The updated guidance provides practical advice on when to do this, and on how best to do this. A successful transfer can breathe new life to, not only the asset , but also the local community itself.

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