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THE first bids have been made by the public to give buildings and facilities extra protection from redevelopment.

Winchester City Council has welcomed its first nominations under the new community right to bid scheme.

The scheme came into effect in September and allows groups such as parish councils, neighbourhood forums and charities to nominate community facilities, such as libraries or football pitches, that they think are important.

If a site is listed the nominator is notified if the property comes up for sale and can have extra time to consider raising funds and bidding to run it as a community enterprise.

Nominators need to explain why it is socially important, and demonstrate that its benefits can continue in the future, especially if the amenity has closed. Early nominations include sites in Bishop’s Waltham and Denmead.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, who is in charge of administration matters, said: ‘Some sites will be approved and others turned down as we become familiar with the new rights.’

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