Council

Self-isolation rules impact ferry services

FERRY services across Shetland will continue to be disrupted for the rest of the week as crews self-isolate amid rising Covid numbers across the isles. The Yell and Bluemull Sound services are only running on a single ferry. Bookings have been suspended. Normal service on Yell Sound is expected to resume at the weekend. Currently […] Shetland News …


SIC comfortable with Fair Isle recruitment process after receiving complaint

THE DIRECTOR of children’s services at Shetland Islands Council says she is “very comfortable” that the recent recruitment process for the Fair Isle head teacher post was followed by the book after confirming it had attracted a formal complaint. The complaint centres around why no suitable candidates for the post were selected out of a […] Shetland News …


Crime drama star plaque set to be relocated

A STAR plaque which was installed outside a lodberry in Lerwick in honour of the Shetland TV series has been removed and is due to be relocated. It is understood the decision was made due to a disagreement with the owner of the famed lodberry over an alleged lack of consultation prior to its installation. […] Shetland News …


SIC considers changes to the refugee transfer scheme

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC), along with other Scottish local authorities, has been told to accept placements of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as part of a national transfer system. Up until now the scheme had been voluntary and Scottish island councils due to their limited resources had not been expected to take any children asylum seeking. The […] Shetland News …


Mothballed Skerries school has cost SIC £50k to maintain

SHETLAND Islands Council has spent around £54,000 on its “mothballed” school in Skerries since in shut in 2016. Figures obtained by Shetland News through a freedom of information request shows that around £13,000 has been allocated in the current financial year for maintaining the school. The figures also show that £56,304 has been committed to […] Shetland News …


‘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 …