Community Ownership gives your local group the powers to have a definitive say in how local amenities are run, how services are delivered or how development in planned.
Through the Community Right to Bid, local people can attempt to purchase local buildings and facilities that are important to them. This came into power in September 2012. Where providing some services may not be a sufficiently attractive proposition for conventional businesses the potential exists for the community to share in running its own. This can be anything from pubs to post offices, leisure centres to markets, community gardens or allotments. If the service offers an important social function, then social models of ownership may be more sustainable in the long-term. The town centre is the natural home for shared community facilities, so vacant premises used for these sorts of operations help to create a sense of ownership and local civic pride.