Having active, informed and involved communities is at the core of our work. Since the Park Authority was established, we have supported communities to identify and deliver on their aspirations where they are consistent with the statutory aims of the National Park.
In line with priorities established in Community Actions Plans, a broad range of significant projects that improve community life, have been delivered. Many of these relate to land owned by a public body or a community group, including:
There are many more in the pipeline!
New opportunities that provide community groups with more rights over decision making, service delivery and the management of local assets are being implemented by the Scottish Government through the Community Empowerment Act. These new powers were prepared following the recommendations of The Christie Commission and cover a range of activities, some new, but many updated.
The Act and the implementing regulations include a number of provisions, which are outlined in detail on the Scottish Government’s website. The key relevant provisions in the National Park are:
Communities are now able to formally request transfer of one of the Authority’s assets or to participate in a process that will improve an outcome or service. Like other public bodies, there’s already a range of ways to get involved in the work we do and we would encourage you to consider these first. Examples include getting involved with the Community Partnership and Community Action Planning, our Local Development Plan and our National Park Partnership Plan.
If your community would like to make a request for asset transfer or participation, there’s a formal process for this. Please review the Government’s guidance to ensure your community organisation can meet the requirements.
In the first instance, we encourage an informal discussion with us. You can get in touch using the contact details below and we will offer informal advice If you are unsure of what opportunities there are or how these new requirements work, support is also available from the Community Partnership.
If you have an enquiry or request, please get in touch with Carolyn O’Connor by calling 01389 722108 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.