How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? As a village, Gartmore, we have recently purchased our local hotel. We are continuing to run the bar, and hotel but will make it into a community hub, with community garden, youth space, cafe and make it a meeting place for all. 22 years ago we bought the village shop and post office. While the assets are community owned a named individual has to accept responsibility for such things as the liquor licence etc. That individual is personally liable if for instance a well meaning and appropriately trained volunteers breaches the licensing laws. My suggestion is that the Scottish government allows when the asset is Community owned that its the board as a whole are liable, not one individual. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Because current legislation focuses on named individuals, which isn't appropriate for community owned assets and volunteers are understandably reluctant to accept this onerous responsibility.


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