This is a blog (sign)post, directing to another blog post that has just been published over at the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen’s blog.
Needless to say, I wrote yonder blog post. The legalities of it made me think it was appropriate to post over at the uni rather than on my own WordPress, but do rest assured I did run it past colleagues to ensure I was not just using the cachet of a School of Law blog to make a point.
I hope the post serves as a decent primer to all the crofting issues that surround this particular potential onshore wind farm development up in Lewis. I am aware it is quite lengthy: it weighs in at 4,000 words or so. (I am not sure if a post of that length still counts as a primer.) That attracted comment from one colleague who looked at the post; indeed, I broke my own rule about optimum length for a blog post. The logic for such a lengthy post was to set out crofting law as best I could to any non-specialists that might be reading, and also to cover off any issues in as balanced a fashion as possible. And believe me, the post could have been longer, if I had tried to capture all the energy and planning niceties that are also in play.
I will leave that post to speak for itself, although I will offer a final comment before I do so. I am aware that – despite my own connections to Point – I am on the outside looking in. I am also aware that as far as many people are concerned the stakes are high. This meant I did not tread on this ground lightly. Now that I have done so, I do hope the post serves a useful purpose and is received by all parties in the spirit in which it was intended. I would be happy to continue with any dialogue around this topic as best I can.