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Community Consultation on Common Good

Under the provisions of Part 8 (Section 102) of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, local authorities have an obligation to establish and maintain a register of property that is held by the authority as part of the "Common Good".

Common Good is property owned by a local authority which has been passed down, through local government reorganisation, from former burghs. Those burghs would have received it as a gift or purchased it. Although there is no statutory definition of Common Good property, it is described as deriving from three sources. These are the original grant, a decision of the Town Council itself or that the land had been used and enjoyed by the public since time immemorial. It can include land and buildings, and moveable items such as furniture and art. It may include cash where property has been sold and income received.

West Lothian has four former burghs, namely Armadale Burgh, Bathgate Burgh, Linlithgow Royal Burgh and Whitburn Burgh. 

When preparing a Common Good Register, local authorities have an obligation to publish a list of the property that it is proposing to include in the Register and to consult with community councils and community bodies on that list for a period of not less than twelve weeks. The ability to provide views and comments (make representations) before the Common Good Register is formally published ensures that community councils and other community bodies have an opportunity to make a case for property to be included in or excluded from the Register.

Details of the property that West Lothian Council is proposing to include in its Icon for pdf Common Good Register are provided here [134.03KB].

Should you wish to make representations on the content of that list, then please make those representations in writing either by email or by letter by no later than 30 September 2021. Emails should be sent to Scott Hughes (Asset Manager, West Lothian Council) at scott.hughes@westlothian.gov.uk. Letters should be sent to:

Scott Hughes (Asset Manager)
Property Services
West Lothian Council
West Lothian Civic Centre
Howden South Road
Livingston
EH54 6FF

Please be aware that all representations received by the council will be published (personal details will be handled in accordance with the council's data protection policy).

The council will consider and respond to representations within twelve weeks of receipt. The final response(s) will be published alongside the original representation(s) and once the council has fully considered a representation, its decision will be final. The final version of the Common Good Register will be published as soon as practicable after the initial consultation period has closed, and in any case, within six months of the end of the consultation.

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