New Environment Secretary with responsibility for implementing land reform to address landowners’ conference

Roseanna Cuningham, the new Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, is to address Scottish Land & Estates’ spring conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday 25th May 2016.

The conference is the first meeting of landowners since the passing of the Land Reform [Scotland] Act in March this year.

Ms Cunningham’s will be the keynote speech to hose attending; with the conference also be addressed by David Johnstone, the organisation’s Chair.

This year’s event will reflect on the passing of the new legislation, and how a new era of landownership – where social and environmental accountability is at the fore – can be embraced by landowners. The conference will look at examples where its members are already leading the way on this work.

The afternoon session will include a lively panel debate on Modern Landownership in Scotland – The Future Challenges.

The event starts at 10.30 on 25th May at the The Assembly Rooms in George Street in Edinburgh.

The Land Reform [Scotland] Act 2016 leaves serious controversy around the issue of farm tenancies and indeed has the capacity to damage the tenanted sector at a time when agriculture is a vital but fading and commercially exploited industry.

For Argyll expects land reform to be a dominant feature of the Scottish Government’s new five year term; and to see aspects of the matter end up in the European court in due course.

Ms Cunningham’s address will be one to watch [it may signal a timeline of planned activity] – as will the landowners response.

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  • All land and floorspace will become a source of public revenue. Land owners need to realise that unless the land is economically viable the parts which are not will be a liability which they would do well to offload just now.

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    Graeme McCormick May 24, 2016 10:26 am Reply
    • Graeme, let’s stop messing about, and get on with opening an embassy in Pyong Yang.
      If this is the brave, new, direction of politics in Scotland, Nth Korea will be our new best mate.
      We already have some synergies ie. Some of our (female) politicians have haircuts similar to the dear leader of NK , and we have loads of big nukes to willy wave with. I’m sure that the SNP land management proposals will meet with warm approval in that benighted land.

      I can not think of a better description for your comments than that curiously London centric expression “COBBLERS”, which has recently become so popular with some of the knuckle draggers on here.

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      Proudest Scot in the UK May 24, 2016 12:31 pm Reply
    • Graeme
      I am assuming that your brevity is due to the nature of blog posts rather than due to that idea not being properly thought out. How on earth do you propose such a policy working in practice? What happens to the land that is not economically viable regardless of ownership? Are we to limit this public ownership to land owners in areas of open countryside or should we also be looking at people with big gardens in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or dare I say Luss?

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      Integrity? May 24, 2016 12:40 pm Reply
    • Graeme, I’ve said this to you before, there are plenty of estates and large areas of land for sale in Scotland,many of these have been on the market for long periods, there are also a lot of large houses with some land.
      where is the rush of Scots to buy these or should they just be left to rot, perhaps the roofs should be removed from them as they can only be a drain on the current owners.
      I look forward to your suggestions.

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      richard May 24, 2016 2:29 pm Reply
      • Unsold tracts of land cobblers Richard

        (I thought I’d save NFH the time)

        Jokes aside though these sort of questions and others raised in other posts just seem to go unanswered time and time again. I find the idea of full public ownership of all land and floorspace becoming a source of public revenue quite odd – not so much as a concept, more in the sense of ‘eh, how on earth would that work?’

        I would very much welcome an explanation of how it would work.

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        Integrity? May 24, 2016 2:42 pm Reply
        • So you’re an expert in cobblers now?

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          Nae Fear Here May 24, 2016 3:19 pm Reply
      • If they’ve been for sale without selling for long periods then I’d speculate that the problem isn’t that no-one wants to buy but that the price asked is too much. Reducing the price or selling in smaller parcels of land might get things sold quicker.

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        db May 25, 2016 11:26 pm Reply
  • Do you propose there is NO private home/commercial property /land ownership, ergo, propose ALL private home/commercial property /land ownership is nationalised ?

    If so, do you propose the Scottish taxpayer foots the bill?

    Who decides what constitutes uneconomic and non viable land?

    To whom do you propose uneconomic and non viable land is off-loaded to?

    Whom will ‘manage ‘this uneconomic and non viable land and for whose benefit

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    Scotnat May 24, 2016 11:00 am Reply
    • Panic in thy breasty cobblers from unionist appologist!

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      Nae Fear Here May 24, 2016 1:13 pm Reply
  • LOL…so GMcC is saying sell non economically viable land now… to some dumb ass who will pay the bill at a later date… LOL… another gem of wisdom from the rip off conveyency meister ?

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    Karl Hughes May 24, 2016 2:16 pm Reply
    • Diarrhoea flow better than your cobblers.

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      Nae Fear Here May 24, 2016 3:17 pm Reply
      • NFH

        Your contribution above, viz a viz diarrhoea and cobblers offers an intangible concept, or, were you offering a metaphor for GMc’s land re-distribution proposal?

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        Scotnat May 25, 2016 10:05 am Reply

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