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24 January 2017

The role of HES under the Community Empowerment Act (2015)

Asset Transfer Request comes into force

The community in Iona gathered around St. John's Cross

As of Monday 23 January, Part 5 of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 – relating to Asset Transfer Requests (ATRs) - comes into force.

The Act was created to provide community bodies with legal rights, including extending the right to buy land and buildings, participation in decision-making, and the right to make asset transfer requests to public bodies for land and buildings. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is included in the Act as a public body with delegated responsibility for properties in care of Scottish Ministers.

As the lead public body for the historic environment, HES also has an important role in utilising the new legislation to enable communities’ to engage with, celebrate, and protect their historic environment.

HES will also be launching an eight-week long public consultation on the Asset Transfer Policy, which opens on Monday 30th January.

For further information on Community Empowerment or on Asset Transfer Requests, visit our Community Empowerment webpage or look out for updates on our social media channels.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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For further information, please contact:

Alan Bannon
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct Line: 0131 668 8588
Mobile: 07854 366 805