scottish government

‘No indication’ when a decision will be made on islands Covid restrictions, SIC chief executive says

FRUSTRATION among local businesses and politicians has continued this week in the absence of any announcement from the Scottish Government regarding changes to Covid-19 restrictions from the end of this month. The government consulted islanders on whether they would prefer greater local freedoms in exchange for continued travel restrictions when the rest of Scotland unlocks […] Shetland News …


Survey work for telecom subsea cables to commence

SURVEY work in preparation to lay subsea cables that will provide superfast broadband to communities in Unst, Yell, Whalsay and Fair Isle will get underway this summer, the Scottish Government has announced. It comes just days after a subsea cable was laid across Yell Sound by Shetland Telecom to deploy fibre to Yell and Unst […] Shetland News …


Lib Dems welcome commitment to introduce island testing

THE SCOTTISH Government has finally given a commitment to consider introducing Covid-19 testing at island entry points, according to the three parliamentarians from the Northern Isles. The isles’ Lib Dems have been calling for such a move since the end of last year. On Friday afternoon, Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart and her Orkney colleague Liam […] Shetland News …


Ban on shooting seals welcomed by campaigners

THE OWNER of a wildlife sanctuary in Shetland has welcomed new legislation which bans the shooting of seals in Scotland as of this month. Under previous regulations the shooting of seals by salmon farmers and other commercial fisheries interests was permitted under licence. Environmental campaigner Pete Bevington of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary said the new law, […] Shetland News …


UK spending review ‘lacking ambition’, says Northern Isles MP

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the UK Chancellor’s spending review for a lack of ambition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and just five weeks ahead of the EU transition period ending. The topic of Brexit was notable by its absence in Rishi Sunak’s address to the House of Commons on Wednesday, […] Shetland News …