This is capitalism, the fiddles and tricks to get their hands on public money knows no bounds. This from Scottish Community Alliance:
There’s more to the Crown Estate in Scotland than just coastal assets. For instance, there’s an ancient royal park in Stirling that has been in public ownership since the 12th century. The Crown Estate Commission has decided to sell this public asset to the Council who are to finance the deal by raiding Stirling’s Common Good Fund to the tune of £567,000. This money, which belongs to the people of Stirling, is being used to purchase land they already own. You couldn’t make it up.