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Western Isles crofters are being urged to respond to a consultation on the priorities for future crofting law.


The public consultation seeks opinions on the form of new legislation and priorities for legislative change to ensure crofting law is fit for the 21st century.


It will run for 12 weeks and will end on 20 November.


Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing said:“Crofting delivers valuable local benefits and a successful crofting sector helps our rural communities to thrive. It is therefore vital the law that governs it is fit for purpose.

“Initial discussions have shown while there is plenty of agreement that the current law needs to change, there are many views on what should replace it.

Island crofters urged to respond to crofting law consultation

30 August 2017

“I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the future of crofting –  whether they be crofters, landowners, those living in a crofting communities or in other parts of Scotland – to take part in this consultation and help us improve future legislation.”


Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “The prospect of another crofting bill provides an opportunity to simplify and improve crofting legislation. More importantly though, it gives us a chance to consider what we want for crofting in the future.


“If the bill is to be a success, we need to have something like a consensus around what it is setting out to achieve, and I hope that the consultation will be a way to achieve that.”