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Crofters challenge SNH

THERE IS a 'democratic deficit' in the way that environmental legislation is applied in Scotland, as the inhabitants of affected areas are ignored while government agencies impose their plans, it has been claimed.

According to the Scottish Crofting Federation, there is no better example of this skewed system than the Sound of Barra, where Scottish Natural Heritage is seeking to create a marine Special Area of Conservation against the firmly stated wishes of the local population.

Urging the Scottish Government to turn down the proposal, the SCF said that the Sound of Barra case was only the latest in a long list of disputes between communities and environmental administrators, which wasted time and resources on both sides. What is now needed, said the crofters body, is a radical revision in the way that Europe's environmental legislation is applied in Scotland's countryside.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, January 19, 2013)

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