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Petition by Councillor Ann Watters  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1050  
Petition by Councillor Ann Watters, on behalf of Kirkcaldy Covic Society, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to introduce legislation to provide better protection for common good sites, such as Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy, and to ensure that such assets are retained for their original purpose for future generations.  
Petitioner: Councillor Ann Watters  
Number of signatures: 3567  
Date lodged: 30 April 2007  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1050 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1050  

Written Questions for PE1050  

23 October 2007 :   The Committee agreed to seek responses to the petition from COSLA, Scottish Government and the Local Authority Scotland Accounts Advisory Committee. Link to Official Report 23 October 2007 

19 February 2008 :   The Committee agreed to suspend further consideration of this petition until later in 2008 and to invite the Local Authority Scotland Accounts Advisory Committee and the Scottish Government to provide further responses on the preparation for finalising a common good asset register and what further actions have been taken in addressing the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 19 February 2008 

7 October 2008 :   The Committee agreed to suspend further consideration of the petition for six months and to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting. Link to Official Report 7 October 2008 

21 April 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking responses to the specific points raised during the meeting.<Link to Official Report 21 April 2009  

8 September 2009 :   The Committee agreed to postpone further consideration of this petition until Audit Scotland has completed its assessment of the progress by local authorities in compiling common good asset registers as part of their 2008-09 audits and to invite the Scottish Government, in light of this assessment, to respond on whether it is entirely satisfied that common good sites are as protected as they can be.<Link to Official Report 8 September 2009 

9 February 2010 :   The Committee agreed to await the findings from Audit Scotland on the progress made by local authorities in compiling common good asset registers as part of their 2008-09 audits has been completed and published and to invite the Scottish Government, in the light of this, to then submit a further response to the Committee. <Link to Official Report 9 February 2010 

29 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the findings from Audit Scotland on the progress made by local authorities in compiling common good asset registers as part of their 2008-09 audits concluded that "Councils have generally taken reasonable steps to comply with the guidance" and that the Scottish Government, in light of this assessment, is satisfied that common good sites are as protected as they can be and sees no need for new legislation in respect of common good assets. Further, Audit Scotland will continue to monitor progress made by local authorities as part of the annual audit process. <Link to Official Report 26 June 2010  

 
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