In addition to formal occasions in which dignitaries are received at the city hall, citizens and associations can also be welcomed, for example in connection with a jubilee celebration, a party on receiving a decoration, handing out honours and distinctions, (exchange) projects with national and foreign partners, etc.
The transfer of land or buildings from the council's freehold ownership into the stewardship and/or ownership of third sector organisations. Local people are often best placed to manage community facilities in their area. They already make extensive use of these assets and their local knowledge and hands-on management often results in lower overheads and better value-for-money. Organisations are able to apply for a community asset transfer of facilities where they can put a business case and show the community benefit for doing so.
Community Centres are a physical resource, which acts as a focal point for activities run by communities coming together through geographic proximity or because of a particular interest and/or identity. Centres provide meeting places for local interest based clubs and societies, venues for adult education classes and public meetings, offices for community projects, plus they also have many other uses. Centres would be lifeless buildings, lacking in character, if they were not 'owned' by communities. People provide the warmth, which makes centres welcoming to communities.
Public organisations may keep supplies of some materials which they will loan to members of the public or local organisations. Items which may be loaned can be items needed to improve safety at organised events such as fenceposts, crush barriers and safety vests, medical equipment for events or for individuals, technology equipment or anything which can benefit local citizens or voluntary groups.
Provision of grants for improvements to village halls and other local facilities subject to local terms and conditions.
Farms and smallholdings managed by the local authority on behalf of the community. Community farms provide an opportunity for children to learn about where food comes from and witness the hustle and bustle and all the elements of a working countryside farm within an urban setting.
Details on any local venues available for private/business hire including the location, size, facilities available, cost and how to book.
Permission from local authorities will be needed for the closure of roads to allow sporting events or parades to take place.
All events and activities held on publicly owned land require permission to be obtained in advance. This applies to events of all sizes, from small community initiatives and promotion days to large scale productions that attract thousands of spectators. Organisers will usually be required to submit an application and may be asked to provide insurance details, necessary permits/licences/certificates and health and safety information. Whilst permission is not needed for events which are to be held on private land it is recommended that the authorities are advised so that they can ensure adequate health and safety arrangements are in place.
Any residents wishing to organise a street party in the council area needs to request permission from the council to hold the party and, where required close the road where the party is taking place.