Bill Should Help Boost Rural Businesses
On today’s stage three debate in Parliament on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill, Eleanor Scott, Green MSP for Highlands & Islands, speaker on rural development, and deputy convener of the environment and rural development committee, said,
“After much wrangling, the final draft of the Bill includes provisions that have been Greens’ policy for some time, namely the creation of new crofts and extension of crofting beyond the existing crofting counties.
“This will make it possible to create forest crofts, enabling people to live and work in rural areas, providing desperately-needed land for housing and opportunities for entrepreneurs and rural businesses. It will also give many more rural people the chance to control how our forests are managed.
“The Executive has until now presided over an increase in crofting land values, and over an erosion of other values of crofting such as local food production, self-sufficiency and shared use of the commons. I am pleased that the Executive has set up an inquiry into crofting, and I am sure this will recognise that crofting has a great future in Scotland.”