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Local community land transfer in Skye

An organisation in Skye is to become the first to acquire land under a new scheme to transfer publicly-owned forestry assets, to the benefit of local communities. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) launched the Community Asset Transfer Scheme earlier this year. Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) applied to purchase land close to the Fairy pools, an increasingly popular tourist site.
FES have now agreed to transfer the land for £2,500 a discount of £27,500 on the market value, because of the substantial public benefit that will be delivered. MCHA intended to expand car parking facilities, alleviating long-term concerns for tourists and residents, as well as installing new visitor facilities.

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop made the announcement while visiting Skye to meet with local tourism interests, including launching a cross-sector strategic group to identify tourism related issues in Skye and recommend where action is needed.



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