|Ormsaigbeg crofting township|
It has been estimated ( by whom I don't know) that throughout the Crofting Counties there are 2,000 absentee Crofters. The effects of absenteeism and neglect include derelict croft houses, encroachment of bracken,the blight of caravans and chalets and depopulation in winter.
|Abandoned and neglected|
Not all of the absentee land is neglected; some of it has tenants or less formal grazing arrangements, not all of the houses are neglected they are well maintained as holiday homes, many by the descendants of the last generation of Crofters who have strong familial ties to the land. These people contribute to the local economy, maintain the crofting landscape and enliven the place ( mainly in Summer).
Perhaps the Commission should be targeting absenteeism by dealing first with abandonment and total neglect in order to provide a crofting base for younger people and the community with a better balanced demographic.