Scottish Crofting Federation has called upon the Scottish Ministers to approve the contested community buyout of crofting land in Pairc, Lewis, without delay.
SCF Chair Eleanor Arthur said, "Crofting communities everywhere are looking to Pairc as a test case of Government commitment to land reform. Pairc Trust has worked tirelessly over many years and has passed every test asked of them. The community there must gain control of its land if it is to reverse decades of neglect and depopulation. The people of Pairc have shown they have the energy and unity of purpose to do so, and Ministers must now give them the backing they need. Land reform is the will of our Parliament. Ministers must make the means available to ensure that the will of Parliament is not frustrated."