Claims against Mangersta Common Grazings Committee withdrawn

Mangersta Village with common grazings

Mangersta Village and common grazings (Photo by Elsie Mitchell)

The former tenant in the crofting village of Mangersta, whose activities led to the disbandment of the Common Grazings Committee, has withdrawn all of his financial claims.

Following recent publicity, the individual – who had sought a personal share of grants paid to the village  while he was an absentee tenant between 1994 and 2012 – said  in a letter to the former Grazings Clerk that he was withdrawing  “any and all claims … with immediate effect”.

I, as agent for the former clerk to and four former members of the Mangersta Common Grazings Committee, have now written to the Crofting Commission informing them of the development and asking them to reinstate the Grazings Committee and clerk without delay.  I previously described the Commission’s conduct in replacing the Committee with a Grazings Constable as “unreasonable” and “illegal”.

Members of the former Grazings Committee said in a statement:-

We welcome the withdrawal of these demands and sincerely hope it will bring all of this to an end.

We repeat our call for an inquiry into the workings of the Crofting Commission and particularly the guidance they have sent out, in response to events in Mangersta and Upper Coll, on financial management by Grazings Committees.

As is now widely appreciated, these have extremely damaging implications for the whole crofting system.

Brian Inkster

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