North-east court building handover delayed until next year after policy problems

David Fleming, chairman of the Stonehaven Town Partnership.
David Fleming, chairman of the Stonehaven Town Partnership.

A plan to buy a court building has been delayed until next year until a community asset transfer policy is put together.

Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) has made a bid for the town’s court building, which has lain empty since 2014.

The group is seeking a community asset transfer for the property from the Scottish Court and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

But SCTS has discovered it does not have a community asset transfer policy.

David Fleming, chairman of STP, said it looked likely that an agreement could not be finalised until next year.

 

A community asset transfer will allow the group to buy the building for less than market value.

 

A SCTS spokesman said: “We are still considering Stonehaven Town Partnership’s offer in line with government guidelines on disposals of Crown property.”

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