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Crofting Commission sparks sharp criticism

The Board of the Crofting Commission has appointed a Constable to replace the Grazings Committee of Upper Coll, Isle of Lewis, which has been out of office since 14 April this year.

The Commissionsaid that, as the regulator, it is required by the Crofting (Scotland) Act 1993 to follow up allegations made by shareholders in a township of financial irregularities and, until suitable explanations are provided, the Commission will continue with their investigations. Shareholders in both Upper Coll and Mangersta grazings have had letters informing them that Commissioners will meet with them on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 Mayand at these meetings the current situation in each township will be explained and the Commission will work with shareholders to find the best way forward. See: http://www.crofting.scotland.gov.uk/news/10-may-2016-statement-from-the-crofting-commission-10-may

This prompted a strong response from the Scottish Crofting Federation in which the SCF voiced crofters’ outrage at the treatment grazings committees are receiving from the Crofting Commission. See the full statement here...

 

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