Building and other facilities that are important to local people can be nominated for extra protection through the Assets of Community Value process.
Under the Localism Act, community organisations or groups of residents can nominate buildings or pieces of land to be listed as Assets of Community Value (ACV). If the owner of a building listed as an ACV wants to sell it, they must inform Wokingham Borough Council and allow six months for the community to make a bid for it. The community does not have an automatic right to buy the asset but does get time to put the funds together.
Executive member for planning and regeneration Cllr Mark Ashwell said: "Nominating a building or other local facility as an Asset of Community Value is a straight-forward process that can be used to protect things that are very important for local people.
"In Wokingham Borough, we have had community centres and other buildings such as a library and church successfully nominated and we would like to hear about more."
A full list of Asset of Community Value nominations in Wokingham Borough as well as guidance on making nomination is available on the borough council’s website.
Anybody with any comments on the Assets of Community Value process can send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be considered as the process is continually reviewed.