Council

Bullying allegations raised at council meeting

A COUNCILLOR says some of his constituents who work for the SIC have alleged they have been bullied by managers. Alex Armitage, who represents the Shetland South ward, raised the matter at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday. He said he heard the allegations from constituents during the recent election campaign. The Green […] Shetland News …


Burra bridge painting and maintenance will cost more than £600,000

EYEBROWS have been raised over the cost of painting and maintaining the Burra bridge, which is set to come to nearly £700,000. This is around £290,000 more than Shetland Islands Council had initially budgeted for. However, the Scottish Government is providing significant levels of funding for the project through its local bridge maintenance fund. Shetland […] Shetland News …


Macdonald and Manson make history as they take on top council jobs

HISTORY was made this morning (Monday) after Shetland Islands Council appointed its first female leader and convener. The top jobs went to Emma Macdonald and Andrea Manson respectively, who both represent Shetland North. They were appointed following votes at what was the first meeting of the full council of the new term. Speaking after the […] Shetland News …


New council meets for first time to appoint to key roles

Welcome to Shetland News’ live coverage of the first meeting of the new Shetland Islands Council this morning at the former St Ringan’s Church in Lerwick. The councillors will decide who should take up the convener and leader posts, while the chairs of the various committees will also be filled. Appointments will also be made […] Shetland News …


Leask interested in leader role

ANOTHER councillor has expressed their interest in taking on the top job in the chamber. Stephen Leask, who was re-elected in Lerwick North and Bressay for a second term earlier this month, said he feels he could bring much to the role. Emma Macdonald and Ryan Thomson have already signalled their interest in the role. […] Shetland News …


Council working on solutions to plug Unst childcare gap

THERE are hopes that the Baltasound Primary School nursery in Unst will soon be able to take in two year olds after the closure of a local childminder. Shetland Islands Council’s early years manager Sam Flaws said the local authority will also offer additional, paid-for hours for bairns attending the nursery over the usual entitlement. […] Shetland News …


Greens launch manifesto aimed at building a more sustainable local economy

THE SHETLAND Greens have launched their manifesto ahead of next month’s council elections with a host of policies aimed at creating a more sustainable local economy and tackling the mounting problem of fuel poverty. The 15-page document ‘For a Greener, Fairer Council’ has been compiled with input from over 60 Shetlanders and is among the […] Shetland News …


Full council meeting round-up: active travel progress ‘jogging on the spot’, Fair Isle ferry bid and more…

CONCERNS have been raised that Shetland Islands Council’s work on active travel is “jogging on the spot” rather than pushing forward. A decision was made at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday to commit officer time to secure future funding for active travel measures, at a cost of around £30,000. Funding worth £100,000 […] Shetland News …



Damp squib

The Tories’ Levelling-Up proposed ‘Islands Forum’ will be a damp squib, if not damper than the SNP government’s toothless Islands Act. Look at their post Brexit fishing deal if you want any evidence of empty promises. Also ask yourselves what has the SNP government’s Islands Act ever done for you? Less than the Romans have […] Shetland News …