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Community buyout suggested for Raasay

Island

It seems that island takeovers by their community is becoming a popular option.

While I can’t recall noticing it very often any more than a few years ago, I seem to have been noticing it appear in the news with rather more regularity in recent years.

Most of those noted here have therefore been recent, and some are still being considered, so it’s hard to gather any news as to their success with the passing of time, but maybe in a few years (as in ten or more) it will be worth digging into what will, by then, be old posts in here, and having a look to see how they got on.

Of course, any that hit the news in the passing years will probably be mentioned somewhere in here, hopefully for the better.

The residents of Raasay are to be consulted on whether they would want to take over the running of the island.

The Scottish government has suggested a community buyout as one of three options to resolve the future of how the isle’s sporting rights are managed.

Another option is to offer the islanders the lease to the rights for up to 175 years.

The third is to put the lease out to tender but with conditions that ensure it still benefits islanders.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said Raasay Crofters’ Association has been given the lease until 1 March to allow time for the consultation to happen.

via BBC News – Community buyout of Raasay suggested.

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March 15, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian | , ,

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