For seven years local people have worked to keep Portobello Park free from development by the City of Edinburgh Council. In September 2012, the Court of Session confirmed that the Park is inalienable common good land and that it cannot be used as the site of the new Portobello High School. Despite the Council having identified alternative suitable brownfield sites for the new school, they are now trying to use the Scottish Parliament to give them permission to build on the Park through a Private Bill. If successful, this Bill could set a precedent for other councils to use this route to obtain permission to circumvent common good protection, putting common good land and open spaces across Scotland at risk. Continue reading
We are Scotland’s 2500 landowners. We own the land (well 75% of Scotland).
Our response to the Land Reform Review Group is that we don’t want land reform and we don’t need it. This is our land and we want to keep it that way. As Andy in Germany points out in comments, Germany had land reform and the sky didn’t fall in. The same goes for Finland, France, Ireland, Sweden, Dennmark etc.
A quite amazing PR video.
Scottish Land and Estates full submission to Land Reform Review Group.
By Andy Wightman
Oxfam has launched a major campaign on food security - Enough Food for Everyone. It aims to reach 20 million people across the UK and to persuade the UK Government to deliver a better deal for the world’s poor during its presidency of the G8. As part of the campaign, Oxfam is highlighting the role that Scotland should play in tackling hunger and on 4 March it is hosting a conference in Helmsdale to highlight the parallels between the Highland Clearances that took place 200 years ago in Sutherland and the land grabs that continue to deprive people of access to land in developing countries. Continue reading
Fund that’s for good of our city
Published on 12 February 2013
COUNCILLORS used to be jailed for squandering Glasgow’s Common Good Fund.
One provost, John Barnes, spent 10 weeks in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth for “maladministering” the historic kitty – designed, as its name suggest, to support citizens and not politicians. Continue reading
GLASGOW’s city councillors are set to lose their subsidised bacon butties.