It came as a pleasant surprise to read council leader Angus Campbell's letter calling
for powers to be devolved to local authorities. The last time I read one of his letters
he was calling for the Scottish Government to take back the power to run the Barra-Benbecula
flights as his council were incapable of doing so.
That contradiction aside I wholeheartedly agree with his call for powers of the Crown
Estate to be devolved. However, I feel it would be a missed opportunity if the powers
were not devolved further to the actual areas involved.
If Mr Campbell is as serious as he appears to be about community empowerment surely
he will advocate the passing down of powers to the local communities. Of course this
means that any benefits from local crown estates would accrue in the area they were
generated and not end up in London, Edinburgh or Stornoway.
Michael A MacLeod
Isle of Barra
Letter: Crown Estate revenues should go to communities not council