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Community Land Scotland news for December 2011

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An update on the activities of Community Land Scotland, find store the umbrella group for land-owning communities.

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".

CLS are now offering Associate Membership to individual people (£20 for 2012); non-trading enterprises (£50 for 2012) and also businesses (£100 for 2012).  For further details and benefits please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

 

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SCLAN for December

On the 23rd November, Rob Gibson sponsored the first Community Land Scotland Parliamentary Reception. It was a very successful event and all the community landowning representatives were very encouraged by the interest shown by the many civil servants and MSPs who attended. During the afternoon prior to the Reception, Community Land Scotland members had a discussion meeting on our main policies. It was encouraging to see and to hear the views of the four new members, Sleat, Scalpay, Glenelg and Arnisdale, and Machrihanish.

We welcome the document “Achieving a Sustainable Future” from the department of Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment. This makes mention of the future Scottish Land Fund and review of the Land Reform Act. The connection between funding, legislation and rural regeneration makes sense and ties in with Community Land Scotland’s stance on how to get best and most effective value for money spent.

Lorne MacLeod, one of our directors, gave evidence before the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster, and again put forward, amongst other points, the Community Land Scotland policy that funds from Crown Estate activity should find their way back to the area where these funds are generated.

In December, we were represented at the Scottish Government cross-party group on Rural Affairs. The topic covered Broadband provision and it is 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.

In case you missed the notice last month, the Community Land Scotland Annual Conference will be in Tobermory, Isle of Mull from the middle of Tuesday March 13th to the middle of Wednesday March 14th. There will be at least part funding for community landowning groups who wish to attend. Details early in the New Year.

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