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Community land ownership makes waves

Words: Roger Milne
Nicola Sturgeon

More than 45,000 people in 32 communities are benefiting from land bought with help from the Scottish Land Fund, reveals First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as two additional areas receive financial support.

Residents in Newburgh, Fife, have been awarded £51,925 to buy a former town reservoir and associated land while the residents of Culbokie, on the Black Isle, will receive £96,691 to buy local land for community uses.

This means that total funding of at least £6.5 million capital and £850,000 revenue has been awarded since June 2012 – helping the equivalent of one community a month to achieve the goal of owning the land it lives and works on.

Sturgeon said: “These figures show this government’s land reform agenda is helping communities in tackling inequalities - that’s why I’m pleased we’ve committed to £10 million a year from 2016 to help more communities purchase land.”

She said that her administration’s Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill and further measures on the Land Reform Bill would “help more communities realise the dream of owning their land”.