Stòras Uibhist is corresponding with the Scottish Government with a view to basing the soon to be established Scottish Land Commission on South Uist.
Through the Land Reform (Scotland) Act (2016) passed in March this year, among several land management measures, a new register of people in control of land in Scotland will be created.
It is expected the Scottish Land Commission – also to be established through the Land Reform (Scotland) Act (2016) – will lead to the creation of a significant number of positions of employment.
Stòras Uibhist is setting out to the Scottish Government that not only do the islands provide an ideal setting for such a high profile organisation, but that South Uist Estate lies at the heart of community land ownership in Scotland. It says it can offer flexibility around location that will not be matched elsewhere, and has the infrastructure to support nationally important organisations.
Angus MacMillan – Chair of Stòras Uibhist – said: “A unique opportunity exists to locate the Scottish Land Commission on South Uist and we urge the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (Roseanna Cunningham MSP) to give full consideration to the mutual benefits that could be achieved by locating within the South Uist area.”
Stòras Uibhist says it is looking forward to hosting Roseanna Cunningham MSP on South Uist, so that she can see first-hand what the estate has to offer.