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by Liam Kirkaldy
09 February 2018
Environment committee calls for views on future of Crown Estate Scotland

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Environment committee calls for views on future of Crown Estate Scotland

The Scottish Parliament environment committee is calling for views on the management of Scotland’s natural assets as part of the Crown Estate Bill’s movement through parliament.

With the bill setting out the proposed long-term management arrangements for Crown Estate assets, MSPs are seeking views from the public on how management of Scotland’s seabed, coastlines and rural estates should look.

The consultation will examine whether the powers aimed at transferring control of land management are appropriate, along with whether any additional power or function of the Scottish Crown Estate not currently provided for in the bill should be included.

Committee convener Graeme Dey MSP said: “The Crown Estate Bill is hugely significant for Scotland, and it will help to oversee the management of more than £275 million worth of assets across the country.

“Our committee now wants to hear from the public and stakeholder groups on their thoughts on the proposed bill. For example, should any additional power or function be included? And are the powers to allow the transfer of the management function appropriate?

“These views will help to shape our work in putting this bill to the test, and whether or not any changes should be made to ensure Scotland has the best approach to managing our rich and diverse assets.”

Crown Estate Scotland is responsible for managing 37,000 hectares of rural land.

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