Community Land Scotland Newsletter February 2016
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2016 is in full swing, and the year has got off to a busy and promising start. We have welcomed the strengthening of the Land Reform Bill and look forward to working with Committee members and the Scottish Government as it moves into Stage 3 of the Parliamentary process; we have also welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that they are going to create a public register of the people who really own Scotland.

We've welcomed our new Development Manager (see below) who has already been visiting communities from Dumfries and Galloway to the Western Isles, and we welcome three new member communities; Ballachulish Community Company Ltd, The Glendale Trust and Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group.
Finally, we've welcomed a host of new social media followers and are pleased to announce that we've passed 1,000 likes on Facebook. If you're not one of them yet, click here to get more regular updates on our news and help us on the way to 2,000....!

Linsay Chalmers joined us this month as our new Development Manager, and we're very pleased to have her as part of the Community Land Scotand team.

Linsay will be working to promote and encourage the take up of community land ownership across Scotland and to support peer-to-peer learning and networking among community landowners.

Linsay previously worked for Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network where she developed the Buy the Good Stuff social enterprise brand and ran Scotland’s first social enterprise festival. Prior to that, Linsay spent nine years working for the Community Resources Network Scotland supporting community reuse organisations across Scotland. She is a Board Member of Social Enterprise Scotland.

Follow Linsay on Twitter: @DevelopmentCLS

2016 Elections: Constructing a forward agenda for Land Reform

We have prepared a short document for consideration by each of the main Scottish political parties as matters we would like to see considered for party manifestos for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Our ‘asks’ include points regarding creative use of devolved taxes; giving Ministers powers to inquire into the public interest of land ownership; community ownership of foreshore and the seabed; Compulsory Purchase Powers; transparency of land ownership; continuation of the Scottish Land Fund and others.

Read our 2016 Manifesto 'Asks'

Land ReformStatement

Aileen McLeod MSP recently gave this statement on the Land Reform Bill, community land ownership & the role of Community Land Scotland.

Congratulations to Steven Oliver - winner of this year's Supporters Prize Draw, winning himself £50 CalMac vouchers.

Support the community land movement & be part of next year's Prize Draw; join us as a Supporter

The Plock of Kyle - an area of land of around 100 acres by the Skye Bridge - was bequeathed to the people of Kyle of Lochalsh in 1946. Following a successful application to the Big Lottery, the Trust has been working over the last two years to improve access and carry out environmental works. Bringing the Plock back into use has given people in Kyle the chance to benefit from their natural heritage once more, walking in the area and enjoying the environment and spectacular views.  Following on from this project further developments will take place as the community continues to discuss the Plock and how use of the space can be maximised to benefit local people.

Winter Sunrise on Lochalsh - Iain Turnbull

Following the success of the current Scottish Land Fund the Scottish Government has announced a new programme to be launched Spring 2016.

The fund, which will be available to urban as well as rural communities, will enable communities to manage local land and land assets to meet local need and deliver benefits for the community. It aims to support communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land, buildings and associated assets and help communities realise the opportunities created by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Although formal applications cannot be accepted until after the launch date in the spring (date TBC), you are invited to chat through ideas or arrange a visit to ascertain eligibility.

Interested in applying? Find out more


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You may have missed...

We have a "right to roam" but we have no right to know who owns the land on which we walk Peter Peacock, Herald Scotland

- Graeme Dey's Land Reform Bill amendment brings real hope of openness over ownership Lesley Riddoch, The National

Amending stage of the Land Reform Bill – a time for sustainable development Rob Gibson MSP, Common Space

Sunlight or shadows – will the Government’s new public register of land ownership be effective in improving transparency? Megan MacInnes

- Let's build flats on derelict land, not treasured community green space Michael Gray, The National

- The Scottish islands owned by the communities who call them home Alison Campsie. The Scotsman

- Highs and lows of community landowner’s first decade on South Uist Calum Ross, The Press & Journal

Land Reform Bill Approaches Endgame Dr. Calum Macleod


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"Community Land Scotland has achieved a huge amount in its short existence and has both revitalised land reform and community land ownership as live political issues and also changed the terms of the debate in a very positive way. I look forward to seeing what CLS will achieve in its next five years."

Norman MacAskill
Community Land Scotland Supporter

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