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Community Facilities Unit. Community Asset Transfer Public Consultations Overview Findings of Analysis Future Recommendations. OVERVIEW. The consultations took place in order to:

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Community facilities unit
Community Facilities Unit

Community Asset

Transfer Public


  • Overview

  • Findings of Analysis

  • Future Recommendations


The consultations took place in order to:

  • inform key partners what Community Asset Transfer is all about and the reasons for undertaking such a programme

  • ensure there is an opportunity for all community partners who have an interest in asset transfer to provide feedback on the Toolkit through various media communications and refine it where necessary to improve the transfer process

  • ensure that the aims of Community Asset Transfer have been understood.

Outcome of consultations
Outcome of Consultations

  • 150 attendees

  • 292 questions / comments (inc. e-mail and hard copy)

  • All feedback analysed to find patterns / themes

    • 25 categories of question identified altogether

    • 8 main themes emerge

    • 4 of these main themes amount to ~75% of total feedback

Findings recommendations


  • While there are specific improvements to be made, the process that has been designed was generally perceived as robust, transparent, and fair.

  • The two-stage application process drew on national best practise and was made more user-friendly by making changes to the Toolkit, not least the inclusion of a pre-application checklist.

Findings recommendations1


  • Anxiety that if the assets weren’t transferred then they would close. Closure was not an option. The myth of large commercial external organisations acquiring local assets was also dispelled.

    RATIONALE BEHIND Community Asset Transfer:

  • Majority complimentary, although still considerable scope for increasing awareness and understanding of the programme amongst key stakeholders, including local management committees and the wider voluntary and community sector.

  • Concern about how / why MKC selected particular assets – in future those assets nominated for transfer should be published well in advance.

Findings recommendations2


  • A programme that is successful over the medium to long term will require greater capacity to bid for assets during a time of limited resources to provide direct support.

  • There is an opportunity now to consider how else this might be achieved and to build this in to the Programme roll-out.

  • An option could include integrating support for the Programme into ongoing joint working between the Council and the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sectors.

Findings recommendations3


  • The consultation process enabled the Council to communicate the programme and document a great deal of interest.

  • Vast majority of organisations positive about the transfer of assets - in a better position than the Council to manage and develop them, with the potential for greater community benefit and involvement.

  • Maintaining a single point of contact for applicants as the programme rolls out will be an important element in enabling successful transfers to take place.

Learning from the pilots strengths
Learning from the pilots - strengths

  • Emphasis on learning and openness to challenge

  • Single point of contact and accessibility of MKC officers

  • Two-stage application with clear criteria and decision-making process

  • Transparency and fairness

  • Support for development of Stage 2 applications


The complete break-down of the 292 items of feedback, sorted by theme and category, can be found online.

The findings from the analysis will form the basis of a report that will be sent to Cabinet in July 2012.

Future consultations will bear the current findings in mind.