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Common grazing dispute was ‘really badly handled’

Farming reporter@obantimes.co.uk

A CROFTING leader says he ‘cannot understand’ why the Crofting Commission has brought common grazing complaints into the public eye – accusing the agency of badly mishandling the situation.

The accusation came after the unprecedented decision to remove the Mangersta township committee on the isle of Lewis, followed last week by a similar move on Upper Coll.

The row escalated when Upper Coll common grazings committee applied to Inverness Sheriff Court for an interim interdict to halt the imposition of a grazings constable. This was refused, after which the commission released a statement saying that the grazings constable ‘will continue his investigations and will also be available to provide shareholders with the opportunity to deal with any concerns or urgent matters relating to the grazings that they may have’.

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