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The Scottish Land Commission held an informal public meeting on Arran last week to give residents the opportunity to find out more about land reform and the benefits it can bring to the community.
Around 40 people turned out on a wet Wednesday night to hear about the work of the commission, which was set up just three years ago, and give their views on what land reform priorities should be.
Commission chairman Andrew Thin said: ‘Land is at the heart of Scotland’s identity, economy and communities, so it matters that it is owned and used in a fair and productive way.
‘There are many benefits land reform can bring to you and your community, including transforming vacant and derelict land, community ownership, community engagement in decisions relating to land and unlocking opportunities through modernising land ownership.
‘We are making more of Scotland’s land by stimulating fresh thinking, supporting change on the ground and making recommendations to Scottish ministers, where appropriate, for legislative and policy change across our four priority areas of work,’ he added.
This is one of a number of public meetings taking place across Scotland throughout the year to help the commission shape its new three-year strategic plan.
Land commission chairman Andrew Thin addresses the meeting in Brodick Hall. 01_B11land01
Mr Thin outlines the case for land reform. 01_B11land02