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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Pairc valuation

So today's the day that the people of Pairc find out what the valuation of the estate is, and how much of a mountain they have to climb.

They haven't got long, as the legislation is very specific about the period of time in which any acquisition must be concluded.

And the valuation (I am very reliably informed) is......

is.....

is.....

Withheld.

The Scottish Government appear to have decided that there will be no Part 3 valuation issued until the conclusion of the appeals by the landlord.

Yes, you read that right.  On the long-awaited and long-heralded day of the announcement, the Ministers in their wisdom have decided to suspend the valuation process until the legal actions are concluded.  Legal actions that they have known about for years.

I now, I know, it's not in the legislation that they have the power to do this and it is not within their authority, nor indeed does it follow the processes given in the legislation, but having led the people Pairc up the hill, it looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is actually just someone else who is lost.

Of course, this in itself gives the landlord grounds for yet another appeal.  Which he will no doubt file in due course.

Good work Minister; you've managed to upset all the residents by your clueless fence sitting.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

And you can be bloody sure that Beach Boy having known well in advance that just, just before the election that the SNP were going to grant the buy out, has been sitting with his new found friends on the Pairc Trust fully aware that same government was now simply going to f**k it right up.

Anonymous said...

The pre-election announcement was transparent electioneering by the SNP as all the legal difficulties were known then. The hostile buy-out is an unworkable piece of legislation which is now costing the taxpayer hundreds of thousands. Pairc Estate is now a football being batted around between various interests, politicians, energy companies and local business men. It has nothing to do with Pairc as a community, if indeed you could call the fractured mess that now remains a community in anything but the loosest sense.

Neil King & Carol Duncan said...

This is very odd because s.89(12) of the LR Act says that the valuer is to give his valuation to the landlord, the purchasing body and the SG. If what has happened is that valuer gave it to the SG on the assumption they would pass it on to the L and the Pork Trust and the SG have, for whatever reason refused to divulge the valuation, I reckon the PT would be quite within its rights to get on the phone to the valuer and demand to see it ...

Dr Evadne said...

At NK&Amp CD; I was discussing this very matter with the good Prof last night and thought the same as you. At least then landlord and the Pork(!) Trust(?) will know what the ball park figure is. I'm still scratching my head over the concept that someone is being forced to sell something to an (choosing words carefully) 'organisation' who have no money. The vendor has no say in how much he can sell for and the purchaser apparently has little idea how much it is going to cost. This excellent marketing idea could spark a bit of life into Homes Under the Hammer.

The problem is that the SG should not have given consent for Part 3 of the LR act to be used whilst the landlord had requested a judicial review. It was a political stunt that might end up back firing on all concerned. Anyway perhaps the SG can use this time to re-read some of the concerns of the residents of Pairc and see if they can spot a new Stalag Uibhist in the making.

Anonymous said...

An interesting turn of phrase from John Randall in the Free Press.

"..We are going ahead with the meeting because the public deserve an explanation and we are trying to get that explanation for them."

Note 'the public' not 'our community', or even 'the community', but 'the public'. Says it all really.

And as for the SNP, the announcement allowing the buy-out to proceed when so much legal uncertainty and baggage was accumulating, was always just electioneering, pure and cynical.

Flirty Gerty said...

Sorry, Pork Trust? Did I miss some new animal venture or is there a rogue spellcheck at work?

Anonymous said...

BL has every right to fight to keep his land i live in pairc and the community is not all behind the pairc trust! I hope he keeps fighting the buy out the pairc trust are out for what they can get not for the community if they were they would have started community projects mant years ago

Anonymous said...

Poor Neil King & Carol Duncan- getting the p!$$ taken out of them for a simple typo - "Pork" Trust. Bit Freudian tho given the number of snouts in the trough.
All good lawyers make mistakes- I once saw a lawyers letter saying "Our client is NOW prepared to....." When it should have read "Our cliient is NOT prepared to...." As always the lawyers will mop up a fortune on the back of the Pairc Saga which is going to finish up Lomas 10 Pairc "Community" NIL.
How do you make a lawyer smile?
"Say Fees"

Anonymous said...

Perk tryst

Anonymous said...

There is evidence emerging that the Pairc Community is divided on the "buyout" and support for it is waning- if it was ever there in the first place. Very few of the "trustees" of pairc Trust carry much credibility and many of them are seen as underhand crooks out for personal gain. Why should anyone be forced to sell land which they bought annd paid for and have legal title to it?

Anonymous said...

Well said Barry!

Anonymous said...

John Randall clearly reads this blog - "expectations of our community" - in the latest press release on Hebrides News. Although the question is always, are you in their 'community' or some other community that they ignore or vilify?