Common Good register
We own property that has Common Good status. This includes land, buildings and cash. Property has Common Good status if it had been bought by or gifted to a former Burgh. There are laws that restrict how they can be used or sold.
Property can be Common Good if the asset was gifted to or acquired by the Burgh on or before 15 May 1975 and it meets a number of other criteria
- it has been used by the general public for a long time
- it was dedicated for a specific public purpose
- title conditions ensuring public use were agreed in the original charter.
There can be other factors that help us decide if a property is Common Good or not, such as statutory reasons for owning a property, how it was acquired or if it is held by a separate trust.
Common Good status means that restrictions apply on what can be done with the property. Restrictions on leasing or selling of some Common Good assets exist but these can be altered by obtaining approval from the Courts, where required. Proceeds from leasing or selling these assets are retained in the Common Good fund.
Common Good register
Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and following Scottish Government Guidance, we have a duty to publish a Common Good register. This lists all our Common Good properties. Before we finalise our register we want to have your views on the Consulation Hub . Let us know if any buildings should be added or removed. We will then review our register before publishing a final version early in 2019.
Overall common good funds stood at £2.4million as at 31 March 2018 of this £1.9million is in an earmarked fund for planned maintenance on Common Good assets as per page 134 of the Council's 2017/ 18 Annual Accounts.
Selling or changing the use of a Common Good asset
If we aim to change the use or sell an asset we need to consult on our plans. We will promote our proposals widely to ensure that local communities can comment before any final decision.
We will publish all live consultations here.