£1.7 million from Crown Estate revenues will be coming to local communities.  

In the past, revenues from developments in the Outer Hebridean seas went to HM Treasury in London.

Speaking at a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee today (Wednesday 2 October), Comhairle Leader, Councillor Roddie Mackay, said: “As a result of vigorous lobbying by the Comhairle and others, the Smith Commission of 2014 recommended that these revenues be returned to the communities hosting the developments and now Scottish Ministers are honouring that recommendation with £1.7m of Scottish Crown Estate revenues returning to the Outer Hebrides from the first year of devolved management.

"Alongside this, the Comhairle and Galson Estate Trust are working with Crown Estate Scotland to develop a pilot for local management of Crown Estate assets. 

“We are now starting to see real, tangible benefits from our many years of sustained lobbying – our communities will now have a say in how the marine estate is developed and revenues from these developments will now return to those same communities. The Comhairle, as initial recipient of these revenues, will now develop a protocol for their disbursement to communities.”