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Council to consult on common good property list for Wick


By David G Scott

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Highland Council launched a consultation today (November 17) giving the community until March next year to comment on the common good fund asset register for Wick.

The council stated it "does not hold a common good fund" for the former Royal Burgh of Wick. However, following an unrelated title examination, property was identified that should have been correctly categorised as common good.

Market Place in Wick town centre is on the list of common good assets.Picture: DGS
Market Place in Wick town centre is on the list of common good assets.Picture: DGS

As a result, a full and detailed investigation has been undertaken into other property titles that may also be common good in Wick and a list of potential common good property has been developed.

Section 102 Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 states that before establishing a common good asset register the council must first conduct a public consultation on a list of property – including buildings, land, artwork, regalia and funds – it is proposing to include.

The statutory consultation should run for a period of 12 weeks but the council is extending this to 16 weeks due to the current Covid restrictions.

The council is keen to involve the community in this process to ensure that all Wick common good property is identified and included. Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council and community bodies will be notified and invited to make representations.

However, the list will be widely publicised and available for public representations to be made. The council must investigate and respond to any representations received. Representations, responses and any final decision will be published on the council website. Local authorities must also have in place a process for regular review of the asset register once published.

The list of property proposed to be included in the common good asset register for Wick is available from this link: www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/23066/list_of_property_proposed_to_be_included_in_common_good_asset_register_for_former_burgh_of_wick

Further information on the process required to establish and review the common good asset register can be found on the council website and from the following link: www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/20488/process_for_establishing_register_and_reviewing_register

Please submit written responses either by email to commongood@highland.gov.uk or by post to Sara Murdoch, The Highland Council HQ, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.

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