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SCF Call on the Next Scottish Government

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SCF CALL ON THE NEXT SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO MAKE CROFTING THE MODEL FOR ALL OF RURAL SCOTLAND

In the run-up to Scottish elections, crofters are challenging the next Scottish Government to produce, within a year of taking office, an Action Plan that will secure and greatly strengthen crofting’s future.

In their ‘Crofting Policy Resolution’ the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) have called on the party or parties that will form the next administration to publish an Action Plan for Crofting that will set out policies by which they will meet two critical objectives:

1. The majority of Scotland’s existing 17,000 crofts being used by active crofters to produce food and public goods by 2020

2. The creation of 10,000 new crofts by 2020, with a longer term objective of increasing the area of land under crofting tenure so that one-quarter of land in Scotland is in crofting tenure by 2030.

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SCF Condemns Skye New Crofts Decision

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Crofters Commission‘s decision to ignore local opinion and approve the creation of three new crofts on poor quality land on the Isle of Skye has been condemned by the Scottish Crofting Federation. The three new crofts are being created by the Clan Donald Lands Trust on land near the township of Achnacloich in the parish of Sleat in the south of the island. Locals have said that the new crofts are in boggy ground that lies on a floodplain.

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