The Crofting Commission has today, Tuesday 12th April, 2022, announced the success of its recent event held in the Western Isles for Landlords and Community Landlords.
The pilot event was led by the Crofting Commission’s Development Team and enabled Crofting Landlords in the Western Isles to learn more about their role in Crofting Legislation, ask questions and queries to senior Commission staff and share best practice with each other.
Speaking after the event, Karen MacRae, a Development Officer with the Crofting Commission said:
“I’m really pleased at the turn out and level of participation from private and community landlords for our event. Working in conjunction with partner organisations and creating positive relationships with Landlords is vital to the work that our Development department carries out. We hope that this event will lead to more and that we can support communities, crofters and landlords to successfully develop projects.”
Speaking today, Joseph Kerr, the Crofting Commission’s head of Regulatory Support said:
“The event was a real success; as a Regulatory body we were able to directly engage and interact with Landlords from a wide variety of backgrounds. We were also able to explain and engage with Landlords to demystify the policies and legislation that apply to them and their tenant crofters.”
Sally Reynolds, Development Manager, Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh also said:
“I found the day really useful; it was good to see a mixture of private, public and community landowners working together with the Crofting Commission to consider the particular challenges facing crofting at the moment. I look forward to future events and I am sure the new Development Team at the Crofting Commission will have a very positive impact on the sector.”
Adding to Sally’s comments, Margaret Mackay, Director with Anderson Macarthur Solicitors and Notaries said:
“It was great to participate in the event with the Crofting Commission, in particular as crofting landlords have an important role to play but have perhaps not been engaged with in any meaningful way previously. The hope is that this will be the start of more collaborative working and understanding between all stakeholders – for the benefit of crofting ultimately.”
The Crofting Commission’s Development Team plan to role out this initiative to other areas within the Crofting Counties throughout 2022; in addition to the support that they provide both in person and online through their website.