Council to collaborate with groups to save local community assets


Friday, 19 January, 2024

Last night (Thursday 18 January) members of Woking Borough Council’s Executive recommended a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) Policy for adoption.

The policy sets out a framework for the transfer of council assets, such as centres for the community and pavilions, to community groups for the benefit of local residents.

Additionally, it will allow the council to make essential budget savings and focus its resources into financing core services.

To support the transition of ownership of these amenities from the council to the community, funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund has been made available.

Cllr Ellen Nicholson, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Living Well, said: “Putting this policy in place is the first step in ensuring the doors to our valuable community spaces remain open and can continue to serve residents.

“The policy sets out a framework which will enable community groups in Woking to take over running the community assets to best meet the needs of local residents. It provides a way to support growth and change in our voluntary and community sectors.

“Following the public consultation last autumn, we have already received a good number of expressions of interest from local groups looking to get involved. I am pleased with the positive initial approaches that Woking Council has received. It demonstrates the level of interest and community spirit that we have here in Woking.

“We remain very keen to hear from other enterprises too, as we look to match our assets to the most suitable owner.

“If you know of a community group who may be interested in taking responsibility for one of our public assets, please do get in touch with the council.”

Community and voluntary groups wishing to submit an expression of interest should email

The Community Asset Transfer Policy has been recommended to Full Council for adoption on Thursday 8 February 2024.

Read the Community Asset Transfer Policy.