Common Good Register Update

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. The definition of what is and what isn’tcommon good is complex and relies on the interpretation of case law: not all former burgh property is common good. However, it includes land and buildings, and moveable items such as furniture and art. It will normally include a fund of cash, which is made up of investments and income both from rents and disposals of property.

Part 8 of the Community Empowerment Act 2015 seeks to increase transparency about the existence of common good assets and to ensure there is community involvement in decisions taken about their identification, use and disposal.

The extent of the Council’s common good assets extends to:

  • 287 land and building assets
  • 645.6 hectares of land (equivalent to over 1000 football pitches)
  • £8.3million of heritable property, investments and revenue
  • c.400 items of movable common good assets such as civic regalia, works of art and other collections etc.


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