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Residents of Scalpay have say on community buy-out

IslandWhile it’s not the sort  of full sale of an island we have noted on past occasions, it is notable that the residents of a village on an island have the opportunity to have a say in a community buyout.

Residents of a Hebridean village are being given the chance to have their say on whether to take over the running of their own village.

Scalpay landlord Fred Taylor has offered to give his 300 tenants control of their own land free of charge.

He says he has no plans to sell the land to anyone else and would retain the island if its residents decide not to take it from him.

Island residents to have say on community buy-out

Mr Taylor, who inherited the island from his father ten years ago, says the residents could set up their own community trust or join the larger neighbouring community estate managed by the North Harris Trust.

The Scalpay Community Land Steering Group is in discussions with Western Isles Council to hold a public ballot early in June.

via Island residents to have say on community buy-out | Highlands & Islands | STV News.

Earlier beginnings

The story began about a year ago (2011), when it was reported that the Islanders may get their island for free.

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January 17, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian | , , ,

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