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Western Isles MSP urges public to give views on future of the Crown Estate

Alasdair Allan MSP
Alasdair Allan MSP

Residents of the Western Isles have been urged to make their views on the future of the Crown Estate heard.

Much of the foreshore and the seabed around the Western Isles is owned by the commercial property arm of the royal family.

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on how the Crown Estate should be managed when power over it is devolved.

MSP Alasdair Allan said it was vital for an input from the Western Isles to be heard given the Crown Estate’s importance to the area.

He said: “Control over the management and resources of the Crown Estate in Scotland should rest with the people of Scotland.

“The SNP have long argued that it is democratically unacceptable for the management of the Crown Estate to completely bypass the Scottish Parliament and for all revenue raised to go straight to the Treasury in London, as it does at the moment.

“As a direct result of years of SNP pressure to see all revenues from the Crown Estate in Scotland devolved, island communities will soon be able to benefit directly from its coastal resources.

“Given the importance of the Crown Estate to the islands, I would encourage all those with an interest to respond to the consultation and help shape the future management of the Crown Estate in Scotland.”

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