Letters

A dream to spend time in Shetland

I just read your article about the challenges associated with recruiting educators in Shetland. Recruitment a continued challenge for education – with some posts attracting no interest I am one of the thousands of people who stumbled across the BBC article regarding the Foula head teacher position and found myself immediately enamoured with the idea […] Shetland News …


Relocating housing projects to rural Shetland

Regarding fears of depopulation and economic decline in the North Mainland, some of this has been and is inevitable given post peak-oil and gas. Things change. Good to see local entrepreneurs looking to build private housing – clearly a need. Hope they are not ‘second homes’. Simply stop building houses in Lerwick and within the […] Shetland News …


Facts, not fiction

This week our newly elected councillors will be starting their term in office and will be finding out which departments in the council they will be assigned to. Whoever is assigned to transport will find themself with a very difficult job to do, as they will have to deal with long running issues in Shetland’s […] Shetland News …


A breach of ‘my democratic rights’

Today is local council election day for most folk in Shetland and Scotland but not for us in the Shetland North ward. Our polling stations are closed, and we get no right to vote because the three seats are uncontested. This is totally wrong as we all have the same right to mark our ballot […] Shetland News …


‘Take back control’

The candidates’ views on many items were well trailed in the local press – some good ideas and proposals for voters to cogitate over and deliver their collective wisdom and elect councillors. So what now? Will councillors or SIC officials control and direct the way forward? Surely the former, otherwise what was the point of […] Shetland News …


Westside ambitions

After talking to many people on their doorstep, I can really sense people’s ambition for our community. It’s becoming clear that a Wastside Community Development company or trust along the lines of the ones in Northmavine and Bressay would help us to aim high to meet community needs. A vehicle like this would allow funding […] Shetland News …


Reduction in fuel costs the only answer

Fuel poverty is generally caused by three main factors – low income, energy inefficient housing, and fuel costs. There are two formal definitions banded about for “fuel poverty”, one which would mean we had [in 2019] 1,000 households living in fuel poverty, and another definition that suggests this figure is more like 3,000. We are […] Shetland News …


A real no brainer

I nearly fell off my chair in laughter listening to the news about a prospective Sooth Mainland council election candidate, being expelled from the SNP because he was standing as an prospective independent councillor and fighting against a sanctioned fellow party member. Council candidate hits out at SNP after losing membership for going independent As […] Shetland News …


A fantastic example of teamwork

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who was involved in the successful rescue of the sperm whale in Whiteness Voe this week. It was a remarkable achievement. Like so many other people in Shetland and further afield, even around the world, we watched this incident unfold with our hearts in our […] Shetland News …


Some fuel saving tips

Worried about high petrol and diesel prices? I’ll show you how to instantly save money and increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. There’s a very easy way to save money and reduce your fuel consumption – by simply changing your driving habits that I started doing four weeks ago. Don’t bother warming up or […] Shetland News …