Crofting legislation provides for Grazings Committees to either amend their existing regulations or make new regulations to assist in the proper management and administration of their Common Grazings.
The Crofting Commission has approved a Common Grazings Regulations template which is now available for Grazings Committees to adopt, copy below.
Whilst it is not mandatory for Committees to amend their Grazings regulations or adopt the new template, the Commission would recommend Committees meet to discuss and review their current regulations to determine if they meet their requirements.
Any amendments or adoption of the new grazing regulations should be highlighted within the template and then submitted to the Commission who will carry out appropriate checks and liaise with Committees to ensure the amendments, or requests for local arrangements, are in line with the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. The Commission will also consult with the owner of the Common Grazings.
The Crofting Commission has created a new set of guidance for Common Grazings Committees, copy below.
The Guidance is intended to assist Grazings Committees with their responsibilities to maintain and improve common grazings. It provides information on all aspects of common grazings management and the relevant role of a Grazings Committee.
The Guidance is distinct from Grazings Regulations; it provides an aide to Committees by advising on what must be in regulations and what may also be considered best practice. However, it does not replace or add to the Grazings Regulations which provides the agreed basis for the proper management of common grazings
Please do not hesitate to contact our Grazings team if you have any queries regarding this.