'Councils should back community ownership to save local assets'
We have known for some time the scars which austerity is leaving on our neighbourhoods. Our local social infrastructure – swimming pools, youth centres and green spaces – has been shut, sold off or left derelict by cash-strapped councils.
These places are much more than bricks and mortar. Behind the boarded-up windows or ‘for sale’ signs are places where community could be thriving.