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New Guidance for Common Grazings Committees

26/02/2019

The Crofting Commission has created a new set of guidance for Common Grazings Committees.  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

Convener, Rod Mackenzie said, “The Commission views the Guidance as an important part of its support for Grazings Committees and the vital role they play in the management of common grazings.   With over half a million hectares of common grazings, or two-thirds of all croft land, common grazings are an integral part of the crofting system.  As such, the Commission recognises the importance of Grazings Committees and we declared our intent to provide support and advice for them when we set out our Policy Plan in 2017.  The Common Grazings Guidance document is part of this process.  The guidance is available on the Commission website www.crofting.scotland.gov.uk/common-grazings-regulations-template  or a copy can be requested directly from the Commission by emailing grazings@crofting.gov.scot

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UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS

The Commission is now accepting new applications, but as all staff continue to work from home and the office remains closed, these will be processed more slowly than usual. Any applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register form to notify the Commission that an event has taken place, will be given priority over other applications.

Where applications require a site visit, it will not be possible for any site visit to be carried out until the government eases the current restrictions on movement.Where any application involves a hearing, no hearings will take place until the current restrictions on movement are eased and the government has advised that public meetings (with appropriate physical distancing) can take 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.

You can continue to contact us by email info@crofting.gov.scot and although we are now in a position to deal with phone calls to our reception line, few staff have access to work phones to make return calls and therefore the service will be limited. We would therefore ask that you continue to contact us via email. You can of course continue to use the mobile numbers on the Contact Us page of this website to speak with us.

The Commission understands that this is a difficult time for all concerned, but we wish to reassure crofters and their agents that we will continue to work to restore normal levels of service. It is unlikely that this can be fully restored until the government permits offices to reopen and for various restrictions on movements and meetings to be eased.
20 May 2020.

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