The Coulson Trust issued a statement this morning regarding the situation of tenant farmer Andrew Stoddart who faces eviction on the 28th of November.
The Trust, which owns the land Andrew has farmed for 22 years suggest they have offered him compensation and will let him and his family stay beyond the eviction date. Andrew Stoddart would like iti to be known that the compensation offer is ‘derisory’, that the offer to stay applies only to the house not the farm land and the extension is only intended for a short period.
Andrew only found out about the Coulston Trust offer when a member of the press told him about it this morning. There has been no direct communication. Finally, the Trust suggests there was no need for today’s rally outside Holyrood and consider it a distraction while mediation is taking place. The Our Land campaign is delighted that the land owners have finally agreed to talk – 18 days before the scheduled eviction – and observe that no public statements had been forthcoming from the land owners until the day of our rally.
We expect coverage of today’s rally on teatime news on the BBC and STV and Angus McCall of the Scottish Tenants Farmers Association will be on Scotland Tonight .