Raasay rights

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The news that the residents of Raasay are to retain their control over shooting and fishing (your report, 1 March) is welcome. Of course local communities should run their own area.

However, the real question is over the involvement of the Scottish Government in this whole affair. Why are the residents having to pay anything to the Scottish Government at all?

Land in local communities should belong to the community. Bureaucratic civil servants pushing paper around desks in Edinburgh are just as bad as any absentee landlord.

While we need government controls to ensure sustainability and to provide information on best practice, no community (already paying many various taxes) should be expected to have to lease what is a local right.

Bruce D Skivington


Gairloch, Wester Ross