Local amenities nominated by communities

Press Release: 22/12/2012

Winchester City Council has welcomed the first nominations of local amenities under the new ‘Community Right to Bid’.

The scheme came into effect in September and allows groups such as Parish Councils, Neighbourhood forums and charities to nominate for ‘listing’ community facilities that are important to them.

The facilities may be anything from the local library or a children’s nursery to a museum or popular football ground. If a site is listed it means that the community is notified if the property comes up for sale and can have extra time to consider raising funds and bidding to run the facility as a community enterprise.

For a building or open space to be listed the nominators need to explain why it has great social importance for the local community, and demonstrate that its benefits can continue in the future, especially if the amenity has recently closed.

The early nominations to Winchester City Council include sites in Bishop’s Waltham and Denmead. The first nomination to be determined – the former Fox & Hounds Public House in Denmead – has not been successful on this occasion because it did not meet the definition criteria, but the City Council welcomes re-nomination if further supporting information can be supplied.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Administration, said:

“I am delighted that communities in the Winchester district have been quick off the mark in nominating the facilities that are important to them.

“I anticipate that some nominated sites will be approved for listing and others turned down as we all become familiar with the new rights. It is important that the City Council judges each nomination carefully because listing has potential financial implications, and impact on the property-owner as well as for the local community.”

Visit the Community Right To Bid web page for further information. If you would like to discuss a nomination before submitting a formal application you can contact us on 01962 848 314, and we will be happy to give you guidance on how best to proceed.