Written evidence submitted by Scottish
With particular reference to the future role and
lines of accountability of Crown Estates Commissioners (CEC) in
The Scottish Community Alliance is comprised of Scotland's
leading community sector networks and intermediaries with an active
interest in local economic development, housing, transport, energy,
land management, allotments, food production, financial services
and the environment.
The control over Scotland's foreshore and seabed
is of crucial interest to our sector and we therefore wish to
support the position as set out in the response by Mr Andy Wightman
in his submission to the Committee and in particular his recommendation
that the Committee dispenses with the current Clause 18 in the
Scotland Bill and replaces it with the following "The Crown
Estate Act 1961 is amended as follows.
After Section 1(7) insert 'Section 1(8) This Act
does not apply to Scotland.'" Crown Estate properties in
Scotland should be the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament.
Responsibility for these property rights would encourage much
more effective coordination of the Scottish Government's efforts
in relation to safeguarding the future prosperity of Scotland
and would ensure that the anticipated growth in income from marine
renewable energy accrues directly to communities across Scotland.