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Meeting.left to right David Hassall of Seachange,Jo Ireland Community Partnerships Manager.Nigel Lowthorpe Hill Holt Wood,Srah Stead of Whitby Esk Energy.picture Susan Stephenson.124323
Meeting.left to right David Hassall of Seachange,Jo Ireland Community Partnerships Manager.Nigel Lowthorpe Hill Holt Wood,Srah Stead of Whitby Esk Energy.picture Susan Stephenson.124323
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Community ownership and social enterprise were on the agenda during a meeting at Yorkshire Coast College’s Business Gateway.

The packed meeting was chaired by David Hassall, was chaired by David Hassall, a social enterprise adviser at Seachange, which supports hundreds of community groups locally.

He said the subject of community ownership was “very topical” at the moment, with Scarborough Council having drawn up a community asset transfer plan.

Jo Ireland, the council’s community partnerships manager, explained that the plan looks at creating lease arrangements with groups who could make good use of a particular building or piece of land.

She said: “We recognise that community groups can bring a great deal to the management of our assets. It’s something we want to proactively embrace.”

She explained that assets can be transferred to town or parish councils, or community groups, and that most buildings or land owned by the council would be considered, with some exclusions.

Ms Ireland explained that an exhaustive list is not currently available, but encouraged groups to contact her if they are interested in a particular asset.

Expressions of interest have been received for Raincliffe Woods and the old toilet block in Filey Country Park. Speakers included Nigel Lowthrop, of Hill Holt Wood and Sarah Stead of Whitby Esk Energy.