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
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.
We have received many representations which are submitted comments and views about Common Good assets. We are undertaking research on each property or asset submitted to establish if they meet the Common Good criteria or not. We aim to respond to submissions within 12 weeks of the date of the enquiry.
This list will be updated when additional submissions are received and when our research is completed on a property.
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