THE UK Government this week binned MPs’ radical proposals to reform the Crown Estate –provoking a storm of protest from the West Highlands and islands.
Hopes had been high the coalition government would back a Scottish Affairs Committee report that Scotland’s communities should assume control of Crown Estate assets – which include half the country’s coast,almost all of its seabed.
Instead,the Crown Estate is to revamp its operations by setting up a Scottish management board,with its Scottish Commissioner as chair. Other concessions include transferring control of oyster and mussel fishing in Scottish waters to ‘suitable bodies’.
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