Monday, December 09, 2019
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William Swann

Skye man William Swann was today unwilling to add to the speculation following his sudden resignation from the Crofting Commission.

The announcement that Mr Swann from Ardvasar, Sleat, was stepping down from his role as a Commissioner forthwith, came in a brief statement this week from Chief Executive, Catriona Maclean.

In recent months there has been growing discontent at grass roots level over the decisions by the Commission to remove from office two grazing committees at Upper Coll and Mangersta in Lewis after investigating their financial arrangements.

However, today Mr Swann said he had nothing to add to the resignation announcement made by the Chief Executive.

However, he did say: "The situation is one very much between the Scottish Government and Crofting Commission and something they need to sort out. I hope that things do calm down.”

Mr Swann was appointed by Scottish Ministers in January 2012 and is said to have provided a significant contribution to the Commission during his time and was particularly helpful as the chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Crofting Commission Chief Executive, Catriona Maclean, commented:

“William has provided invaluable knowledge, expertise and guidance to the Commission.  The Commission would like to thank William for all of his hard work and we wish him luck with his future ventures. 

“The Commission remain quorate and I would like to assure all crofters that it is business as usual with a continued focus on securing the future of crofting.”


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