Scots want their seabed and shore stripped from the Crown Estate and devolved to Holyrood
Sunday 09 March 2014
The seabed and shore around Scotland should be stripped from the Crown Estate and devolved to Holyrood to give greater power to local communities, according to a committee of MPs.
In a new report, the Scottish Affairs Committee criticised the Crown Estate Commissioners for a "lack of accountability, transparency and communication" with local people over decisions affecting offshore windfarms, fish farms, harbours and other coastal issues in Scotland.
The foreshore and seabed in Scotland was being run "for the benefit of the UK Treasury", the committee added.
Ian Davidson, chairman of the committee, said that if Scots were given power over the sea, then he expected people in England and Wales would press for the same rights, but warned that the Royal Family might oppose the move.
He added that the Crown Estate acted like an "absentee landlord" provoking anger particularly in the Highlands and Islands.
The Crown Estate said it worked "closely" with communities, customers and government, but was "open to suggestions about further changes". Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...