Limbo Dance

An Eccentric Anomaly: Ed Davies's Blog

I continue to exist while waiting for the crofting situation with the plot to be sorted out.

In my previous mid-January post on the subject (Limbo) I said the vendor had finally got the decrofting application sent off in suitable form. A few days later he texted me that he'd had a letter from the Crofting Commission to say that the application had been accepted. It then needed to be advertised in the John O'Groats Journal for a month then somebody from the Crofting Commission office in Thurso would come and look at it but the indications were it wouldn't be a problem.

Accordingly I got back in touch with the vendor at the beginning of this week to see how things were going - expecting to hear that he was waiting to get an appointment with the bod from Thurso or whatever.

Actually not. The advertising had all gone OK but then the Crofting Commission stopped dealing with decrofting applications from owner-occupiers of croft land because of a legal snarl up which makes the legislation which is supposed to authorize this be doubtful. This application just missed getting in under the wire.

More details in this Microsoft Word (FFS!) document: Note on Owner Occupier Crofters Decrofting. Also this Herald Scotland blog post says about the same thing with a bit more context.

Meanwhile, the vendor has put in a new application to split the croft such that he can sell the land involved separately as croft land. Again, indications are that this should go through OK. The 28 day clock starts again from the advert in tomorrow's JoG Journal.

However, I'm not amazingly happy about it. Having croft land has various up sides as well as down but either way it's more complication which I'm determined to avoid as far as possible.

The upside is that sometimes grants are available for fencing and things like that. The downsides are:

Previously my intentions for the land to the north of the house plot was to try to drain it a bit then grow some little trees (willows have been suggested). Perhaps some trimming for firewood or compost material would be possible but the main intention would be to start long-term build up of the soil and to provide some protection to the house from northerly winds. Whatever, that might or might not be acceptable as crofting use, I imagine.

More thinking required.

Just started a Green Building Forum thread on the subject. At the time of writing this it's resulted in a private message linking to that Herald article above.

So five months later