Council launch hall fund for communities

Councillor Robin Reid
Councillor Robin Reid

South Ayrshire Council has launched a fund for community groups which want to take control of local authority buildings.

South Ayrshire Council has approved plans for a Communities Hall Fund which is now open for business.

The fund will be used to pay for repair works to help bring buildings up to an acceptable standard ahead of transfer from council ownership, with eligible areas including general maintenance and the replacement of heating systems.

One of the basic requirements for successful applications will be a solid business case which sets out long-term plans to run assets as sustainable facilities for the use of local communities. To help with this process a template business plan will be made available to community groups to act as a starting point to make their case.

Councillor Robin Reid, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance, said: “We’re committed to work with local groups to help, where possible, to support plans to see properties owned and managed at a local level by the communities who use them. The council has a track record of supporting community asset transfers with previous examples including the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, something that we’re now looking to build on.”