Con­sul­ta­tion launched for Crown Es­tate fu­ture

The Oban Times - - News - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

A CON­SUL­TA­TION on the man­age­ment of the Crown Es­tate in Scot­land was launched on Wed­nes­day last week at Rhu Ma­rina in He­lens­burgh.

The Crown Es­tate owns mil­lions of pounds worth of prop­erty across Scot­land, in­clud­ing the seabed and much of the fore­shore around the West­ern Isles. It deals with sal­mon fish­ing rights, shoot­ing rights, min­eral rights in many places and also leases ar­eas of the seabed for projects such as wind, wave and tidal de­vel­op­ments.

The Scot­land Act 2016 al­lowed for re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Crown Es­tate to be trans­ferred to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, which is tak­ing a phased ap­proach on the de­vo­lu­tion of its man­age­ment.

Crown Es­tate Scot­land, the in­terim man­age­ment, is be­ing es­tab­lished as a pub­lic cor­po­ra­tion, and will take on its as­set man­age­ment role from April 1, 2017, sub­ject to the com­ple­tion of trans­fer of pow­ers at West­min­ster. The con­sul­ta­tion will in­form the sec­ond, long-term phase of de­vo­lu­tion.

Cabi­net sec­re­tary for en­vi­ron­ment, cli­mate change and land re­form Roseanna Cun­ning­ham said: ‘Con­trol over the man­age­ment and re­sources of the Crown Es­tate in Scot­land should rest with the peo­ple of Scot­land and this is a gen­uine op­por­tu­nity to change the fab­ric of Scot­tish so­ci­ety.

‘This con­sul­ta­tion is a once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity to help shape the fu­ture man­age­ment of the Crown Es­tate in Scot­land. Good man­age­ment of our land, marine en­vi­ron­ment and other nat­u­ral re­sources is es­sen­tial for Scot­land’s fu­ture pros­per­ity.

‘I would en­cour­age all those in­ter­ested to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion and help us to as­sume our new pow­ers in a way which cre­ates so­lu­tions which meet Scot­land’s needs and in­ter­ests.’

The 12-week con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­pos­als runs un­til March 29, and de­tails can be found on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment web­site, which ex­plains: ‘This con­sul­ta­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to help shape the long-term frame­work for the de­volved man­age­ment of the Crown Es­tate in Scot­land and how the rev­enue should be used to ben­e­fit Scot­land and com­mu­ni­ties.

‘Scot­tish min­is­ters in­tend to put in place a new leg­isla­tive frame­work for man­age­ment of Crown Es­tate as­sets – ac­count- able to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and en­sur­ing align­ment with Scot­tish pol­icy ob­jec­tives.’

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alas­dair Al­lan com­mented: ‘Con­trol over the man­age­ment and re­sources of the Crown Es­tate in Scot­land should rest with the peo­ple of Scot­land. Is­land com­mu­ni­ties will soon be able to ben­e­fit di­rectly from coastal re­sources. Given the im­por­tance of the Crown Es­tate to the is­lands, I would en­cour­age all those with an in­ter­est to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion and help shape the fu­ture man­age­ment of the Crown Es­tate in Scot­land.’

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