The theme of ‘Land’ was voted one of the top issues facing rural Scotland at the Scottish Rural Parliament last year. The Manifesto for rural Scotland, finalisedat the Rural Parliament following contributions from over 1,500 people, calls for “rural communities, our government and other interested and decision making parties to be brave, honest and open in considering and addressing issues of land ownership, management and usage.”
Emma Cooper, National coordinator of Scottish Rural Action, said: “Land was voted in high numbers by those at the Rural Parliament as being one of the top priorities from the Manifesto for us to carry forward and campaign on for the next two years.
“Whilst all parts of the Manifesto are important, having “focus-areas” such as Land, will allow our campaigning on this matter to be more effective.
“The next step for us is to create working groups for our priority subjects, and I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in “Land” to get involved and join our working group.”
The other top issues as voted by participants in the Rural Parliament are “Business”, “Transport”, “Digital Connectivity” and “Democracy & Governance”.
The Manifesto was formed through a series of over 40 events across rural Scotland, with discussions at each event on the key challenges and opportunities that each rural community faces. These were then formed into a statement of collective ambitions and needs for rural communities, which formed the Manifesto, which was overwhelmingly voted in favor of at the Rural Parliament in Brechin, Angus in October 2016. The Manifesto can be downloaded by going to www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/Manifesto.
The Rural Parliament was attended by over 400 people who spent three days examining the key issues facing rural Scotland and agreeing the final version of the Manifesto. The next Rural Parliament will be in 2018. A rural conference which will focus on the key issues will be taking place on 20th September 2017.