King’s Park, Stirling

There’s a bit of a rumpus in Stirling over plans by the Crown Estate Commission to sell the King’s Park to a (yet to be established) public trust for £600,000 (see the Herald story today). The King’s Park is an ancient possession of the Crown in Scotland.

Why should anyone have to pay £600,000 for a part of Scotland’s national heritage which we already own? Imagine if the same were to happen with Holyrood Park (but it can’t because it was handed over by the Crown Estate Commission to Scottish Ministers in 1999). Indeed if you read the briefing below you’ll find a long list of historic properties which were transferred just before devolution. Why was King’s Park excluded?

Remember the Crown Estate Commission is merely the administrative body which is charged with managing Crown land in Scotland. The land itself is owned by the Crown and the property rights of the Crown in Scotland are a devolved matter (see Schedule 5, Part 1, paragraph 3(1) of the Scotland Act).

Documents of interest include: –
Briefing Paper on the current proposal published by King’s Park Community Council
Annex 7 of the Crown Estate Review Working Group Report
The Crown Estate Review Working Group Report (full report – 2.2Mb)
Crown Estate Review Working Group submission to the Calman Commission

ADDED – links to two maps showing areas in question (areas shaded in blue and pink)
Map 1
Map 2