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“Tell the Government what you think about their Goose Policy” SCF says to Crofters and Farmers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) is encouraging crofters and farmers to sign up to the on-line petition raised in the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to review its policy on the unfolding wild-goose debacle. The petition closes on 1st September, this weekend.

“We are all aware of the plague of wild geese suffered by crofters and farmers in the Scottish islands, and increasingly the Highlands” said SCF Chief Executive Patrick Krause, “yet there is little done by the Scottish Government or its agencies to address the threat posed to these fragile communities. We have raised this petition in the Scottish Parliament to show the strength of feeling over this issue and I would encourage people to take advantage of it now as it closes this Sunday.”

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Crofters say to Government: ‘Reconsider Torridon’

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has written directly to the Scottish Government’s minister for local government and planning, to ask him to reconsider the decision to refuse a Torridon crofter’s plan to build a house on her croft.

In its letter to Derek MacKay, the crofting representative body points out that the decision contradicts Government policy and risks undermining the credibility of Scotland’s rural development strategy.

In July the Scottish Government’s Directorate of Planning Emergencies and Appeals upheld a decision by Highland Council to refuse an application by Torridon crofter Elaine Holmes for a dwelling-house on her croft in the village. The planners justified their decision by saying they believed her house would be “eroding its wider landscape setting”. However, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Government’s statutory adviser on landscape matters, said that the house “would not compromise” the views in Torridon.

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