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Common Grazings Regulations

Crofting legislation provides for Grazings Committees to either amend their existing regulations or make new regulations to assist in the proper management and administration of their Common Grazings.

The Crofting Commission has approved a Common Grazings Regulations template which is now available for Grazings Committees to adopt, copy below.

Whilst it is not mandatory for Committees to amend their Grazings regulations or adopt the new template, the Commission would recommend Committees meet to discuss and review their current regulations to determine if they meet their requirements.

Any amendments or adoption of the new grazing regulations should be highlighted within the template and then submitted to the Commission who will carry out appropriate checks and liaise with Committees to ensure the amendments, or requests for local arrangements, are in line with the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. The Commission will also consult with the owner of the Common Grazings.

 

New Guidance for Common Grazings Committees

The Crofting Commission has created a new set of guidance for Common Grazings Committees, copy below.

The Guidance is intended to assist Grazings Committees with their responsibilities to maintain and improve common grazings.  It provides information on all aspects of common grazings management and the relevant role of a Grazings Committee. 

The Guidance is distinct from Grazings Regulations; it provides an aide to Committees by advising on what must be in regulations and what may also be considered best practice.  However, it does not replace or add to the Grazings Regulations which provides the agreed basis for the proper management of common grazings

Please do not hesitate to contact our Grazings team if you have any queries regarding this. 

E: grazings@crofting.gov.scot   

Regulated Common Grazings

Covid -19

UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS
The Commission is now accepting new applications, but as all staff continue to work from home and the office remains closed, these will be processed more slowly than usual. Any applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register form to notify the Commission that an event has taken place, will be given priority over other applications.

Where applications require a site visit, it will not be possible for any site visit to be carried out until the government eases the current restrictions on movement.Where any application involves a hearing, no hearings will take place until the current restrictions on movement are eased and the government has advised that public meetings (with appropriate physical distancing) can take place.

Approved Applications:

If you are a crofter who has had an application approved by the Commission within the last 3 months
Please read this important information regarding effecting Commission regulatory decisions.

You can continue to contact us by email info@crofting.gov.scot and although we are now in a position to deal with phone calls to our reception line, few staff have access to work phones to make return calls and therefore the service will be limited. We would therefore ask that you continue to contact us via email.

The Commission understands that this is a difficult time for all concerned, but we wish to reassure crofters and their agents that we will continue to work to restore normal levels of service. It is unlikely that this can be fully restored until the government permits offices to reopen and for various restrictions on movements and meetings to be eased.
20 May 2020.

Crofting Commission, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW 

 

 

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