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14/06/13 08:44

Community buy-out on cards at Cape Wrath

First Minister welcomes approval of community interest application

First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the news that the Scottish mainland’s most
northern tip could be the latest part of the country to be taken into community
ownership.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse has approved an application by Durness
Development Group Ltd to register a community interest in 111 acres of land at Cape
Wrath.

The parcel of land, adjacent to the world famous Cape Wrath lighthouse which was built
by the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson, is currently owned by the Northern
Lighthouse Board. It includes the Lloyd’s buildings signal station, a rare survivor of a
formerly extensive series of installations around the coast. Most of the land around the
lighthouse is owned by the MoD.

Commenting the First Minister said:

“The approval of the Durness Development Group application is a very welcome next
step towards Scotland’s ambitious new target of a million acres in community control by
2020.

“ If the community is able to go ahead and successfully purchase the land, it will secure
a stronger local economy for the people of Durness and preserve one of Scotland’s
iconic landscapes for generations to come.

“ It will allow the local community to improve facilities for visitors; to bring significant
buildings back into use; and to manage the land sustainably. Put bluntly, we would see
more benefits for the local area rather than more land for bombing – the principal use
the rest of the Cape is put to by the MoD.

“ Land reform can bring real transformational change to communities across Scotland.

“ It has always been one of the principles of Scotland that land belongs to the people,
the action we are taking to simplify the system of community buy outs and the additional
£3 million support we are providing to the land fund we will help drive to forward the
enthusiasm shown by so many communities keen to take responsibility for local land
and assets.”

Commenting Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

" I am pleased to approve Durness Development Group’s application. Community
ownership is the best way forward for Cape Wrath, the northern destination of the
Scottish National Trail, which begins hundreds of miles south at Kirk Yetholm on the
Scottish border.”

" By improving the relationship between our land and people, we can create stronger
communities and deliver the economic growth and fairer society that the people of
Scotland quite rightly expect.”

Notes to editors

There have been five community buy-outs funded by the establishment of the £6 million
Scottish Land Fund: Midlem in the Scottish Borders, Colintraive and Glendaruel in
Argyll, Coigach in Easter Ross, Mull of Galloway and Lossiemouth.