Letters

A green and eco-friendly way forward

In answer to Ian Simmins’ letter, I would suggest the following: An area of central Lerwick, perhaps 200 to 400 metres around the Market Cross, should be a pedestrian zone. All pavements and curb stones removed, cycle and bus lanes marked and access to registered taxi cabs and disabled vehicles allowed. For a limited time, perhaps two […] Shetland News …


Religious rep role a privilege

I watched with interest the discussion last week over the role of religious representatives on the Education and Families Committee, and it seems that the characterisation of the role of the religious representatives is either misunderstood or being deliberately misrepresented.  Councillors make religious appointment ‘not because we want to, because we are required to’ The […] Shetland News …



History repeating itself?

Over thousands of years, Shetland has endured invasions and victimisation by people from many overseas nations. Monuments of their rule stand all around Shetland, from the time of the Vikings to the present day. One of the largest monuments of the victimisation of the Shetland people, the Scalloway Castle, presently stands in ruin overlooking the […] Shetland News …


Moving in the right direction?

On 20 June 20 Shetland News published an article headline Loganair ‘moving in the right direction’, CEO says.   Sadly, this was not my experience as I attempted to fly to London, ten days later on 30 June, after a wonderful holiday in the beautiful Shetland Islands during which every other service supplier went out of […] Shetland News …


Enjoy your visit to Lerwick town centre

The most significant improvement to Lerwick town centre was the refurbishment of the famous sign. Beautifully executed. My congratulations to the artist: Unfortunately, the problems of Harrison Square are a continuation of planning disasters stretching back sixty years. Did the Lerwick Town Council consider this when they created Church Road in the 1960s? The idea of […] Shetland News …


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 …