Brent to give over buildings to communities

A new policy which could see council buildings being transferred to local community groups that can deliver council services has moved a step closer after Brent Council’s Cabinet approved it in principle this month.

The ‘Community Asset Transfer’ policy will be introduced as part of the new Property and Asset Strategy 2015 and will allow council buildings to be given over to community groups who can help the council achieve its vision for Brent.

Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Housing and Development at Brent Council said: “Community Asset Transfer is an exciting new policy for Brent. By supporting the use of council buildings by community groups who can help us create a better Brent, everyone will benefit.

“Where the council would find it difficult to keep community buildings open in light of budget cuts, Community Asset Transfer will allow local groups to run them instead.

“We will be looking at a number of opportunities and will be inviting proposals from local community groups once the detail is approved and we have proper guidelines in place.”

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