The Scottish Parliament

Consultations

Extension of Crofting Areas

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


RUSSELL CONSULTS ON EXTENSION OF CROFTING AREA

Michael Russell today launched a consultation on proposals to extend
crofting to areas outside the traditional Crofting Counties.

The Environment Minister is seeking views on proposals to extend
crofting tenure to include the islands of Arran and Cumbrae and the
remaining parts of the Highlands and Islands not currently designated.

Launching the consultation, Mr Russell said:

"The Scottish Government recognises the importance of crofting to rural
economies and the great potential there is to expand this further across
Scotland.

"I would urge anyone with an interest in crofting who wishes to have
their say to respond to the consultation, in order for their views to be
considered in relation to this exciting proposal.

"The consultation will run alongside the on-going work of the Committee
of Inquiry, which is currently considering a vision for the future of
crofting, which is due to report in early 2008."

The consultation runs from 19 December 2007 to 12 March 2008. Documents
can be accessed at www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current