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Commission encourages crofters to effectively regulate Common Grazings


The Crofting Commission is encouraging crofters to regulate their Common Grazings effectively by providing a standard set of regulations, along with detailed guidance, for Grazings Committee to use when setting out the terms of the committee. 

Traditionally common grazings is land shared, mainly by crofters, predominantly for grazing stock, but also, peat cutting and a place to keep their boat.  The Commission wants to encourage good shared management of common grazings to help foster stronger communities, deliver economic benefits and to reduce the likelihood of these areas being abandoned or overgrown.

Crofting Commissioner, Murdo MacLennan, explains:

“There are over 1,000 common grazings covering over 500,000 hectares across Scotland and approximately only 50% of those are protected by law by having a properly constituted grazings committee recorded with the Commission.

“We have created a standard set of regulations to give clearer guidance for committees and shareholders about how their common grazings is regulated.  Grazing Regulations are a set of rules detailing the management and use of a common grazing and provide details of each person who is entitled to use the common grazing and the number of stock they are allowed to graze.     

“We are urging Grazings Committees to read the guidance and template regulations to ensure they are working within the scope of the crofting legislation and that any other activities that fall outside of crofting legislation are kept separate from the duties of the Grazings Committee. 

“The role of common grazings is central to the contribution crofting can make to the sustainable development of crofting communities and properly constituted grazings committees are the most effective way to safe guard the future common grazing land for the benefit of all crofters.”

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Covid -19

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 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.

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