Do I really need to climb in there with the rest of the mess?
In my last post I looked at how the Crofting Commission’s own policies and procedures made it clear that grazings constables could not be appointed in law when a grazings committee were removed from office.
It should also be noted that in or around April 2016 the Crofting Commission added to ‘The Sump‘ that they would like:-
Clarification in section 47 of the 1993 Act that if the Commission removes a grazings committee from office, the Commission can appoint a constable in its place and a right to suspend (as well as remove) grazings committees for a period of time to be determined by the Commission.
Thus they were looking, as part of ‘The Sump’, for legislative change by the Scottish Government to enable them to do these things.
Despite knowing that they didn’t have the power to do so they had, by this stage, already appointed one illegal grazings constable (Mangersta Common Grazings) and were to go on to appoint two more (at Upper Coll and on the Scottish mainland).