Local News for Monday 9th May 2016
‘Reinstate grazings committee’ call
There’s been a call for the Crofting Commission to reinstate all members of the Mangersta grazings committee, after the former tenant whose activities led to the disbandment of the committee withdrew all of his financial claims. The un-named individual had sought a share of grants paid to the village while he was an absentee tenant between 1994 and 2012. This weekend he wrote to the former Grazings Clerk, saying that he was withdrawing “any and all claims … with immediate effect”. The former committee’s legal adviser, Brian Inkster, has now written to the Crofting Commission informing them of the development and asking them to reinstate the Grazings Committee and clerk without delay. The committee themselves issued a statement saying: “We welcome the withdrawal of these demands and sincerely hope it will bring all of this to an end. We repeat our call for an inquiry into the workings of the Crofting Commission and particularly the guidance they have sent out, in response to events in Mangersta and Upper Coll, on financial management by Grazings Committees”.