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St Ninian's Isle, Shetland

Board meets with island councils

The Board of Crown Estate Scotland has travelled to Shetland to meet with representatives from Scotland’s three island local authorities. 

The two-day session – which took place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September – is the second meeting to take place away from the organisation’s Edinburgh base, following a visit to Helensburgh in July.

Over the two days, the Board met representatives from Shetland Islands Council, Orkney Islands Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), along with members of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, local stakeholders and tenants. 

The seven-strong Board met with the councils to discuss Crown Estate Scotland’s assets and projects across the three areas, which include aquaculture developments, renewable energy projects and oil & gas infrastructure. The Board also agreed to appoint up to two FTE members of staff to help pilot local management of assets by local authorities, community bodies and others.

The meeting is part of Crown Estate Scotland’s commitment to hold at least three board meetings a year outside of Edinburgh, and forms part of a wider drive to stimulate dialogue between the Board, tenants and partners across Scotland.

Crown Estate Scotland has also pledged to ask tenants, businesses and other bodies that it works with across different sectors and industries for feedback – through surveys and research – to ensure the body’s activities reflect their wider interests.

Amanda Bryan, Chair of Crown Estate Scotland, said: “Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are home to a number of exciting and upcoming projects which Crown Estate Scotland is involved in so it’s important for the Board to understand the priorities and ambitions each local authority has, as well as identifying ways in which we can all work more closely together.

“We had a really productive and open discussion with all three islands local authorities and look forward to developing a broader process to encourage pilots of local management of Crown Estate Scotland assets.”

“The Board’s visits to different communities across Scotland will give us the opportunity to actively seek the views and opinions of our tenants and partners, and will help to ensure we can work with them in a way that benefits everyone.”

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Photo of St Ninians Isle, Shetland by Paul Bancks