Shetland Islands Council

Last day of campaigning for candidates as election looms

TODAY marks the last chance for candidates to stake their claim for tomorrow’s (Thursday) council elections. Polling places will open their doors between 7am and 10pm, and results will be announced on Friday during a count at Lerwick Town Hall. For some candidates it was their first foray into campaigning, while for the more seasoned […] Shetland News …


Candidate says it would be ‘inappropriate’ to give pledge to one industry group

WHILE the overwhelming majority of council election candidates have signed Shetland Fishermen’s Association’s pledge, some have decided against putting pen to paper. Explaining his decision to “respectfully decline” the invitation to sign the pledge, Lerwick South candidate Dennis Leask said: “For me, a councillor is elected to serve their voters on ward issues and Shetland-wide […] 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 …



‘Exciting opportunity’ to shape education to meet bairns’ long-term needs

The “Who stands for the council? It’s people like you” campaign aims to encourage more candidates to come forward for May’s elections to Shetland Islands Council.  In the third of a series of features looking at some of the main issues the local authority is working on, through its corporate plan Our Ambition 2021-26, Education […] 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 …


Cleeves cuts ribbon to reopen ‘magnificent’ refurbished library

THE AUTHOR of the novels that spawned the global hit TV crime drama Shetland cut the ribbon to officially declare the new public library in Lerwick open on Saturday morning. Ann Cleeves said the eight books and ensuing series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez would never have existed had she not been invited to give a […] 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 …