Local Gov and Communities Questions 13th July 2011 – Community Assets

Mark Drakeford: A oes gan y Gweinidog unrhyw gynlluniau i ddatblygu cynigion ar gyfer creu cofrestri asedau cymunedol mewn ardaloedd awdurdodau lleol ledled Cymru.  
[Does the Minister have any plans to develop proposals for the creation of community asset registers in local authority areas across Wales.]  

The Minister for Local Government and Communities (Carl Sargeant): I thank Mark Drakeford, the elected Member for Cardiff West. I can confirm that the community right to buy clauses of the Localism Bill will apply in Wales and England. I am currently considering how this could be applied in Wales and will make an announcement regarding the appropriate timing.   

Mark Drakeford: Thank you very much for that reply, Minister. In giving consideration in the way that you have outlined, will you take steps to be satisfied that sufficient safeguards are in place in respect of such important community assets as Bute, Llandaf and Pontcanna fields in Cardiff, which seem under such constant threat of commercial exploitation by the present city council?   

Carl Sargeant: I thank the Member for his comments. I will certainly take that on board when I make my decisions in future. We must remember that the community asset transfer activity is already ongoing, with the community asset transfer fund supported by the Big Lottery Fund. There are also some excellent examples with regard to the saving of community facilities around Wales, which I clearly support.