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Five New Entrants to Crofting


The Commission has successfully let 5 vacant croft tenancies to new entrants recently, who will use the land and ensure it is not neglected. We terminated 4 tenancies in the Western Isles and 1 in Glen Torridon, as the tenants where not complying with their duty to be resident and the landlords failed to let the crofts within the necessary timescales.

The tenancies were all advertised locally and interested parties invited to submit an application to the Crofting Commission, to be considered for the tenancy. The applications were then sifted and scored, with all those successful going forward to be chosen ‘blind’ by a Commissioner.

New entrant, Dennis McGonnell said,” I was delighted to be selected as the new tenant for the croft 24 Gravir. I have lived on Lewis for 12 years and was always very eager to get into crofting especially working with animals. My plans for the croft include getting some pigs to deal with all the ferns and over growth, before reseeding and then letting some rare sheep graze happily, once I’ve fenced the boundary. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Crofting Commission, Head of Regulation, Joseph Kerr said, “We wish the new tenants every success in their ventures. The process of letting a croft tenancy can be lengthy but we are delighted that 5 crofts are now in the hands of new entrants, who will use the land and ensure it does not get misused or neglected.  We have a further 5 crofts to let in the near future and are having ongoing discussions with landlords to take this forward.  We are also currently in negotiations with a number of landlords where crofts are vacant or subject to a long term unresolved succession in order to seek solutions which would result in the crofts being occupied and worked.”


Covid -19

The majority of our staff continue to work from home but we do now have some staff who are able to access our office, although the numbers are restricted due to social distancing measures. We will continue to give priority to applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register forms to notify the Commission that an event has taken 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.

Site visits are still not possible until the government eases the current restrictions on movement. Similarly, no hearings will take place until public meetings (with appropriate social distancing) can take place.

Where possible you should continue to contact us by email as although our reception line is operational it is not possible to transfer calls to staff who are working from home. However, staff will respond to any enquiries to our reception line by email.
November 2020.

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


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