Colm Bradley of Community Places argues that not every community group is going to want to own assets. He also notes that asset transfer as a policy proposition needs officials and civil servants with receptiveness, foresight and commitment to the community.
He also thinks that many community organisations are now more far sighted than they were ten or fifteen years ago, and with the cuts coming longer term planning is more important now than it was.
I asked him about whether there were any expectations that some of this work would break down some of the ‘war time’ separation and social infrastructure built in the seventies and eighties. He noted that with a few exceptions like the Stewartstown Road Regeneration programme, generally projects are rising out of prefixed communities.