The derelict site of a burned down old Arbroath hotel is to be the focal point for a protest this weekend highlighting land use in Angus.
The Seaforth Hotel was destroyed by fire in 2006 and the site has been in sore need of development ever since, but tomorrow (Saturday) members of Angus Common Weal will host a protest picnic there to draw attention to underused land in our area as part of the OurLand, Scottish Land Festival 2015.
OurLand aims to highlight the issue of Land Reform across urban and rural Scotland, from vacant and derelict buildings in cities to large private estates in the countryside.
Members believe that the Scottish Government’s current Land Reform proposals are neither radical enough nor progressive enough.
The event in Arbroath is not focusing specifically upon the Seaforth but is using it as an example of the many derelict sites that blight towns and villages across Scotland.
The Seaforth burnt down in August 2006 and has remained in a derelict state for the past nine years.
The land is owned by Seaforth Investments and in 2015, director Stephen Smith said in a press article that the land may be left “in our land bank for the next 15 to 20 years.”
This is not illegal and OurLand representatives believe this is a good example of why Land Reform is required not just in rural areas but in the heart of urban areas.
OurLand hope to foster a greater awareness that Land Reform affects everyone through housing, food production, health and development opportunities.
Common Weal Angus is also launching a Who Owns Angus? project with the aim of learning about, and publicising more widely, the Common Good lands the people of Angus can benefit from.
For more information about OurLand and their goals you can visit their website at www.ourland.scot or on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/OurLandScotland/
Use #OurLand on Twitter as well.