Save our spaces from extinction
The UK is losing over 4,000 publicly owned buildings and spaces every year. That’s why Co-op and Locality are working together on the Endangered Spaces campaign to help save our much-loved community buildings and spaces from being sold off for private use.
How you can help
Download the Endangered Spaces toolkits
If you have a space you want to save and are ready to get going, we’ve created three Endangered Spaces toolkits to give you an introduction to how you can save a space at risk.
Go to My Community
If you’re new to saving spaces, but want to know more, check out mycommunity.org.uk for information, toolkits and resources on how to save a space. See how others have done it, or take a look at the resources.
Get advice from the Locality team
If you need a hand with saving or protecting a space in your community, get in touch with a Locality advisor.
Why are local spaces becoming endangered?
The public sector is selling off significant amounts of public spaces, sped up by government policy and spending cuts. Our Great British Sell Off report showed that we’re losing an average of 4,000 spaces every year!
However, the appetite, ambition and potential for community ownership are growing! To find out more about Save our Spaces and the Endangered Spaces Campaign, download the ‘Together we can save community spaces’ Endangered Spaces toolkit.
How to Save a Space
In England there are two main ways that communities can own a community space:
- Community Asset Transfer (CAT),
- Community Right to Bid.
Community organisations have successfully owned and managed land and buildings for hundreds of years. However, it is only in recent years that more communities are owning their own spaces through Community Asset Transfer (CAT).
In a nutshell, CAT means that local authorities can sell their land and buildings at below their market value to promote local economic, social or environmental well-being.
Locality’s guide for community organisations (.pdf) provides information and advice about Community Asset Transfer and is based on current best practice.
Community Right to Bid
The Community Right to Bid allows communities and parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing by the local authority as an ‘asset of community value’.
If the asset comes up for sale, the community can ‘pause’ the sale and take up to six months to find the funding required to buy the asset.
You can find your local authority’s website should contain your local ACV list.
Find out more
You can find out more detail about Saving a Space by reading the ‘What you need to know before you start’ Endangered Spaces toolkit.
Other ways to save a space
Saving a space isn’t just about owning buildings. You can find out a lot more about the process and what else is involved by reading the ‘Resources and further reading’ Endangered Spaces toolkit.
There are many more ways that you can get involved with your local spaces. Here are some more easy ways you can save your endangered space:
- Rent a room for a meeting or celebration,
- Volunteer your skills, such as painting, or speaking a second language,
- Start a local interest group and hold it at the space,
- Go to a class or a group activity,
- If they have a café or a shop, use it.
You may not have the time for a long-term commitment, but everyone has something to offer their local community.
It’s up to you!
Download the Endangered Spaces toolkits to find out more about how you can help.
Or, tell us about an endangered space and get advice.