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Community assets and services


We are inviting organisations to submit an 'Expression of Interest' in taking over our assets or helping to run our services in the future.

'The Durham Ask'

The Durham Ask is an exciting opportunity for local communities and organisations to take over the management and delivery of council services and facilities by transferring assets to local community control.

Why are we doing this?

We are facing unprecedented financial challenges and we need to consider providing some services differently if we are to continue to provide them. One way in which we hope to do this, is to work imaginatively with local communities through the Durham Ask.

Over the last three years, with support and advice from us and our partner agencies, communities across Durham have come together and already taken responsibility for community buildings, leisure centres and a golf course. Under community control many of these vital facilities have been able to access money not available to the council, allowing them to thrive and improve what they are able to offer to local people.

We are now looking for ideas from local communities and organisations wishing to take over the running and management of other council owned facilities and services such as leisure centres, libraries, play areas, household waste recycling centres, museums, theatres and bowling greens.

What is involved in asset transfer?

If you are interested in the running and management of council services or facilities   it would mean the responsibility for the building or service including any ongoing repairs, maintenance and daily management of the building would be transferred to your organisation.

Full support and assistance will be available throughout the asset transfer process. 

Please see 'Related Documents' above for an Expression of Interest form, examples of Case Studies; Frequently asked Questions and  information on the different Stages of asset transfer including  'Your Proposal';  'Preparing for Asset Transfer' and 'Handover'.  

Submit an expression of interest

Interested parties or individuals should complete and return the expression of interest form. Although not subject to a detailed analysis at this stage, all successful proposals will need to be sustainable, provide a financial case and meet local need. An Expression of Interest is not legally binding and is only to establish if there might be any current or possible future interest and to help you plan for the future.

What happens next?

We will contact those who make a submission to explain the next stage of the process.

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