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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 …


Council working on solutions to plug Unst childcare gap

THERE are hopes that the Baltasound Primary School nursery in Unst will soon be able to take in two year olds after the closure of a local childminder. Shetland Islands Council’s early years manager Sam Flaws said the local authority will also offer additional, paid-for hours for bairns attending the nursery over the usual entitlement. […] 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 …


Help available for those struggling with high energy costs

SHETLAND Islands Council is encouraging households who might be struggling with energy costs to consider applying for assistance from the Home Heating Support Fund. The Home Heating Support Fund provides financial relief to Scottish households experiencing significant financial hardship, regardless of the fuel or payment method used. Eligibility for funding depends on certain criteria being […] Shetland News …




No role for council to make Lerwick Up Helly Aa more inclusive, says SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) has insisted that it has no role in helping to facilitate change to the way Lerwick Up Helly Aa is celebrated and reiterated its view that the authority is not in breach of equality legislation by allowing the festival to use public sites around town including the town hall. Both council […] Shetland News …