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Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Crofting redirection and redefinition required?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

by

John MacKintosh FRAgS

Address given at the SCF Annual gathering in October 2011

Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen
We have just come through a period of reflection on crofting with the consultation on the Shucksmith Report (1) at its core. One of the issues that have hung about crofting for a long time is that of tenancy versus ownership. Frankly I have never heard a convincing argument that this issue should be discussed at all. Each and every crofter should have the right to choose whether they wish to be a tenant or an owner according to how they wish to develop their crofting land and the activity of crofting on it. I am pleased to say that is now the case but the issue may have been better dealt with by deleting the terms from the legislation altogether.

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