Discussions on the Crown Estate – power over which is scheduled to be devolved to Holyrood after the UK general election in May – were top of the agenda at the re-convened meeting yesterday of the Island Areas Ministerial Working Group.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing was among those attending the meeting in Glasgow, along with leaders of the Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles councils.
Revised terms of reference and an outline programme of work was agreed, which will see the Island Areas Ministerial Working Group meet a total of six times between now and Spring 2016.
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Speaking on behalf of the three island authorities, Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said later: “This meeting provided us with an opportunity to discuss some of the areas that remain at the heart of the Our Islands Our Future agenda.
“These include plans to devolve the UK Crown Estate revenues and management of Crown Estate assets in our communities.
“The other main area is the island proofing of Scottish Government policy and Parliamentary scrutiny – two areas where the communities of the Islands can benefit greatly.”