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Regional Development in the Crofting Counties

David Turnock
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
No. 48 (Dec., 1969), pp. 189-204
DOI: 10.2307/621498
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/621498
Page Count: 16
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Regional Development in the Crofting Counties
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Abstract

The Highlands and Islands demonstrate in extreme form many of the problems which affect Great Britain's peripheral areas in general. Government aid was first geared to the maintenance of the crofting population and the 'Crofting Counties' were delimited essentially with the areal extent of this type of agriculture in mind. The newly established Highlands and Islands Development Board is particularly significant for the area since the emphasis is now being placed more firmly on industrial growth; but since this exercise constitutes an important experiment in regional development more widespread interest is being attracted. Recent census and employment data show the striking imbalance in growth which currently exists at both regional and local levels, an imbalance which is likely to increase with large-scale industrial development concentrating in a limited number of locations. Small-scale growth is being actively fostered in the remoter areas, but this may prove insufficient to prevent a further substantial redistribution of population within the Highlands as a whole and also within each of its component areas.

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