Consultation launched for Crown Estate future
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.’