NFU Scotland has commended the Crofting Community Development Scheme
(CCDS) over the course of its six-year existence.
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However, the scheme, which involved £1.2million of funding that assisted
in the development of crofting community plans involving investment of over £35million
in crofting areas, has now come to an end.
NFU Scotland is therefore backing the Scottish Crofting Foundation’s
call to Ross Finnie, Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, asking
him to ensure that the scheme is replaced with another, equally beneficial
scheme, as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that the efforts to
bring together all members of the crofting and wider community to their
mutual benefit can continue.
Lisa Webb, NFU Scotland Regional Manager, said:
“The CCDS provided very useful knowledge and advice to crofting groups
in developing integrated plans for the development of their communities.
“The scheme was successful in bringing people together and contributing
to many worthwhile projects in the area, from the building of village halls
to footpath signage and the marketing of agricultural produce. NFUS is therefore
fully behind the Scottish Crofting Foundation in their call for the scheme
to be replaced as soon as possible.
“It is vital that crofting communities continue to be supported in
terms of specific funding opportunities for crofting based projects and
we continue to push for a replacement to the CCDS.”
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