Council

‘Poverty in Shetland is an insidious thing’, councillor says

MORE councillors have supported the idea of using a little extra from the local authority’s reserves to tackle poverty in Shetland. South mainland member Robbie McGregor said “poverty in Shetland is an insidious thing”. Speaking at a meeting of the council’s audit committee on Wednesday, SNP member McGregor placed blame at the door of the […] Shetland News …


Nearly 20 SIC employees fall foul of council’s social media policy

EIGHTEEN breaches of social media policy have been identified by Shetland Islands Council on platforms including Snapchat and Facebook since it introduced guidance for staff. Eleven of these related to “communicating through social media outwith the requirements of codes of professional practice”. Six of the breaches stemmed from “accessing social media on a personal basis […] Shetland News …


Let’s work together, SNP councillor says after Green agreement

SHETLAND’s sole SNP councillor says the isles should work in partnership with both his party and the Greens following their power sharing agreement. Robbie McGregor said he was “delighted” that a deal was struck. The agreement still needs to be ratified by members of the Scottish Green Party. The party will hold an extraordinary general […] Shetland News …


Steel shortage prompts delay in Whalsay linkspan refurbishment

PLANS to refurbish the Whalsay ferry linkspan at Symbister have been pushed back until next year due to difficulties sourcing the necessary materials. Members of Shetland Islands Council’s harbour board heard on Wednesday that refurbishments at Vidlin and Skerries were carried out in April and May as planned. But work intended to go ahead in […] Shetland News …


Councillor floats idea of devolving some fisheries control to Shetland

A LOCAL councillor believes it is worth exploring the idea of Shetland gaining control of its fisheries out to the 12-mile limit. Duncan Anderson, who represents the North Isles, pointed to the Scottish Islands Act which gives scope for local authorities to request more powers or functions. The Scottish Government has the responsibility for managing […] Shetland News …


Tug workers heading towards becoming full SIC employees

Video time lapse: Courtesy of John Bateson WHILE the immediate threat of strike action at the port of Sullom Voe has been averted, it emerged this week that a lasting agreement on the award of long service payments to tug men has still to be negotiated. A statement by Unite issued ten days ago made […] Shetland News …


Archaeologist warns against approving plans for house near broch: ‘This location is totally inappropriate’

THE LOCATION of a proposed house near the Clickimin Broch is “totally inappropriate” and could result in a public inquiry if it is given planning permission. That is the view of Shetland’s regional archaeologist Dr Val Turner, who has advised the council’s planning service not to approve the application. Planning permission in principle is being […] Shetland News …



Shetland could be at the heart of the energy transition but time is of the essence, green energy developer insists

SHETLAND’s opportunities to capitalise on the green energy revolution cannot be overstated, according to the team behind plans to create a £10 billion floating wind farm to the west of Shetland. Energy services entrepreneurs Dan Jackson and Mark Dixon of Cerulean Winds were in Shetland this week to start negotiations with stakeholders including Shetland Islands Council. […] Shetland News …


Viking decommissioning bond worth £40 million

SHETLAND Islands Council and SSE Renewables are close to agreeing a decommissioning bond for the Viking Energy wind farm, confirmed to be in the region of £40 million. Both sides have confirmed that negotiations are at an advanced stage. Eyebrows were raised last year after construction work on the 103-turbine wind farm in the central […] Shetland News …