SIC election

Counting underway at council elections

WELCOME to Shetland News’ coverage of the council election count, which is taking place this morning at the Town Hall in Lerwick. A total of 17 candidates will be elected today for a five-year term on Shetland Islands Council. Results for the five wards contested will roll in during the morning with the first announcement […] 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 …


Council elections underway as voters head to the polls

POLLING stations are now open in the Shetland Islands Council elections. People have up to 10pm to cast their vote. With between two and four seats in each ward, folk are asked to rank the candidates in order of preference. Only five of the seven wards in Shetland are going to the ballot box after […] 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 …


Election candidates keen to get going on fixed links

THERE is little doubt that the possible provision of fixed links to island communities will be top of the agenda once the new councillors get their feet under the table and start their five years in local government. Almost all of the 35 candidates have offered a view on the topic that has been discussed […] 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 …


Council candidates asked to show support for fishing industry

CANDIDATES in next month’s council elections have been invited to show support for the local fishing fleet by signing the FISH Pledge, and thereby backing the broad aims and ambitions shared by local crews. Shetland Fishermen’s Association executive officer Daniel Lawson said the sector was worth £138 million annually, directly employing 450 people. The FISH […] Shetland News …