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£10million harbour project opened in South Uist

Congratulations are due to community landowners Stòras Uibhist, who have delivered the £10 million Lochboisdale harbour development project; officially opened on Saturday 5th September by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The major regeneration project has created new marine and leisure facilities and provided access to land for community, residential and commercial development at Lochboisdale, South… Read more »

Extending International Connections – Membership with International Land Coalition

Community Land Scotland has been admitted into membership of the International Land Coalition (ILC) which seeks to support community land rights and land reform movements around the world. Membership was granted following a presentation our Policy Director, Peter Peacock, made to the Global Land Forum in Dakar recently and where he joined with over 400 delegates… Read more »

Completing Scotland’s Land Register

A completed land register will provide a digital map of who owns land and property across Scotland. Registers of Scotland (RoS) is the government department responsible for registering land ownership and they are currently working to complete the Land Register, in line with Scottish Government aspirations, by 2024. Voluntary applications for registration are currently being… Read more »

Scottish Parliament holding Public Meeting on Land Reform Bill (Skye)

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is coming to Skye as it continues its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will hear from invited expert witnesses on: Community right-to-buy land for sustainable development Working with communities Gathering and accessing information on those who control land Changes to use… Read more »

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill Submission

“Community Land Scotland welcomes the introduction of the Bill and many of its specific provisions and while supporting its general principles believes the Bill needs to, and can be, significantly improved and strengthened to achieve the policy objectives outlined in the Policy Memorandum.” Read full stage 1 evidence given by Community Land Scotland: RACCE Committee –… Read more »

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill Consultation

The consultation on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill at its Stage 1 process in Parliament is currently underway – it will close on Friday 14th August (17.00). It is important those interested in progressing land reform show their support for changes that are proposed, and where they could go further, by taking up the offer to write to… Read more »

*Job Opportunity* Two posts with Barvas Estate Trust

Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais Community Company (Barvas Estate Trust) will soon be purchasing Barvas Estate on the west side of the Island of Lewis and will be employing two persons for a two year period. The posts include a full time Commercial Manager and part time Estate Administrator. Closing Date for applications is 24th August…. Read more »

Gallan Head Community Ballot

Residents of Aird, Uig on the West Side of Lewis are voting to take ownership of buildings at Gallan Head which have formerly been used by the RAF, the Ministery of Defense, and most recently by NATO. The community hope to develop the site into a dark skies location and, with the possible installation of a… Read more »

Community Trusts feature in The Crofter

We were happy to see coverage of community landownership in June’s edition of ‘The Crofter’, looking into what a buyout means for crofters, how HIE supports crofting communities and detailing the experience of several existing crofting community trusts. Read the feature here  This feature on community trusts was part of the Scottish Crofting Federation’s June issue of “The Crofter”, a regular publication… Read more »