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Common grazings row comes to a head

Opinion:The Crofting Column

A ROW has been going on for several months over the removal from office by the Crofting Commission of three common grazings committees – two on the Isle of Lewis and one in Lochaber – and the imposition in their place of grazings constables.

Each case involved payment of monies alleged to be due to certain shareholders that had not been paid out by the committees in question.

The convener of the Crofting Commission, Colin Kennedy, took the view that any monies received by a grazings committee had to be ‘immediately’ paid out by them. If a grazings committee required funds for maintenance and improvement of the common grazings, then a separate levy had to be made on the shareholders in order to gather funds for that purpose.

This was widely decried by crofters throughout the Highlands and Islands at the time as being unworkable, impractical and nonsensical.

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