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Central government has made it easier for communities to help shape and run local services. This might include making services more responsive to local needs or improving value for money. Different people and relevant organisations, including council staff, can ‘bid’ to run a council service using the community ‘right to challenge’.

We own assets, such as land and buildings that are used for a wide variety of community and public purposes. Some of these assets will become surplus to requirements due to changes to the ways that services are run. We follow a code of practice on the disposal of surplus property.

The Localism Act’s Community Right to Bid gives local communities the chance to bid to buy and take over running assets that are of value to them, such as a pub, village shop, library building or community centre. The assets could be owned by a council or other public body, a private company or an individual. Community groups (a parish or town council or other local community or voluntary organisation) can nominate local assets to feature on a register held and published by their district council.

For information about assets of community value in your area, contact your district/city council: