From the 6-8 October, the second Scottish Rural Parliament was held in Brechin, Angus. At the Manifesto plenary session on Friday afternoon it was agreed that the highest priority for action should be broadband. Land in the context of ownership, management and usage along with Business and Democracy & Governance were noted as the second highest priorities.
There was broad consensus on the need for co-ordinated action at UK and Scottish government levels on rural broadband and mobile phone signal. During a workshop Callum Kerr MP also acknowledged Scottish Land & Estates concerns over reform of Electronic Communications Code.
Following the plenary session, the section on Land will now read:
“Land ownership, management and usage should benefit all of the people of Scotland. We call on rural communities, our government, and other interested and decision-making parties: To be brave, honest and open in considering and addressing issues of land ownership, management and usage; To keep principles of social and environmental justice at the heart of decision-making in relation to land ownership, management and usage; To seek to develop more diverse heterogeneous patterns of land ownership.”
Notable amendments that were not supported included that which suggested abolition of second homes in attempt to combat the prevalence of empty properties and “to make land available to the homeless and to the landless, and to break up the largest estates”.