- Saturday, 17 December 2011 16:48 Tamsin Morris Hits: 2103
The first ever Community Land Scotland (CLS) Parliamentary Reception took place in November. All the community landowning representatives were very encouraged by the interest shown by the many civil servants and MSPs who attended. The day before, CLS members had a discussion meeting on their main policies, where they had a chance to hear the views of the four new members, Sleat, Scalpay, Glenelg and Arnisdale and Machrihanish.
CLS were also pleased to welcome the document “Achieving a Sustainable Future” from the department of Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment. It makes mention of the future Scottish Land Fund and a review of the Land Reform Act and ties in with CLS’s stance on how to get best and most effective value for money spent.
Lorne MacLeod, a CLS director, gave evidence before the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster, and again put forward the CLS policy that funds from Crown Estate activity should find their way back to the area where these funds are generated.
CLS were also represented at the Scottish Government cross-party group on Rural Affairs. The topic covered broadband provision and David Cameron, CLS chair, commented: "It's very disappointing that much is made of getting 100 to 300 megabytes per second into one or two choice areas when many of our members are struggling with 1 to 4 megabytes on a good day. This is a subject to which we will return".
And finally, a reminder that the CLS Annual Conference will be in Tobermory, Isle of Mull from Tuesday March 13th to Wednesday March 14th 2012. There will be at least part funding for community landowning groups who wish to attend. Further details available early in the New Year.