Responding to a letter from the Rural Economy Secretary to the Rural, Economy and Connectivity Committee confirming that the Crofting Bill has been dropped, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“It has become increasingly clear that crofting regulation is out of step with the distinct needs of communities like Orkney. I am regularly contacted by constituents left frustrated by crofting rules and procedures that are less and less relevant to their circumstances.
“Yet the decision by the Rural Affairs Secretary, Fergus Ewing to abandon new crofting legislation means more of the same for years to come. This is despite the fact that many of the current rules actually work against the very objectives of trying to encourage people to remain in our more remote communities and make best use of the land available. That makes no sense at all”.