Common Good Land and Buildings are assets intended for community benefit and are owned by the local authority having been passed down from former burghs during local government reorganisation.
The former five burghs – Bridge of Allan, Callander, Doune, Dunblane and Stirling – may have received the asset as a gift or purchased it on behalf of a local community.
Some examples across Stirling include:
- The Steeple
- Central Library
- Old Town Wall
- Robert Burns Statue
- Faery Bridge
- Dunblane Allotments
- Doune War Memorial
- Callander Crags Woodland
- Callander Memorial Sundial
- Pullar Park
- Paterson Clock Tower.
As part of a *statutory requirement by the Scottish Government, the Council is seeking the views of the public on its current list of Common Good Land and Buildings (which excludes moveable items such as furniture and art) to shape what is published in a forthcoming Register of Common Good Property.
The Council has undertaken an audit to ensure the list of Common Good assets in the consultation is comprehensive as possible, using specific criteria adopted by other local authorities which have carried out the same process.
This list of can now be viewed on the Engage Stirling platform. Using an interactive map, people can click on each asset listed in each of the five historic burghs and leave a comment. There is also an option to suggest an asset that should be included on the list and this will be investigated.
Valuable historical knowledge
Provost Christine Simpson said: “Our residents and community groups hold a valuable historical knowledge of their local areas so we are asking for their help to ensure the Common Good Register is as complete as possible.
“This will allow the Council to increase transparency about the existence of these treasured community assets and enable the involvement of local people in decisions taken about their identification, use and disposal.
“Please take some time to have a look at our map on the Engage Stirling platform and let us know whether you agree with our findings and if you think a property or piece of land has been overlooked.”
For those without digital access to the online consultation, a print copy of the asset list can be requested by calling 01786 404040.
The consultation will be open for 12 weeks, with a closing date of 14 December, 2021.