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The lease for sporting rights on Raasay has been returned to the island’s crofters

The lease for sporting rights on Raasay has been returned to the island’s crofters for the current season

 

Scotland First Minister Mr Alex Salmond announced in parliament on Thursday February 28 2013 that he would reinstate the sporting rights held by the Raasay Crofters’ Association, which represents 11 active crofters on the island, who have leased the local shooting and other sporting rights since 1995.  

The decision last week – made by a civil servant in Edinburgh –to award the contract to the Girvan-based company caused a furious outcry across Scotland and abroad.

The restored lease will be extended by a year so the community can be consulted on longer term options. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed ministers would be involved in any similar situations from now on. He said that it was regrettable that the original decision to award the sporting rights contract was made without ministerial involvement.

 

Chris Dalton of South Ayrshire Stalking, withdrew his winning bid after discussions with the Raasay Crofters’ Association. South Ayrshire Stalking will receive £9,000 in costs towards expenses already incurred.

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