Whalsay

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 …


‘We can’t comment unless we see the details’

The Whalsay Community Council have been viewing the latest Whalsay Transport Consultation being run by Stantec, where we see that it is stated “A fixed link remains the preferred option of the community council”. The Whalsay Community Council would like to make it clear that no one from ZetTrans, nor Stantec, has made any recent enquiry […] Shetland News …


Open letter to councillors: please right this wrong

Dear councillors, We have been informed that fishing communities across the UK are set to benefit from £75million of government investment to spur the industry’s post-Brexit growth.    Regarding this apparent benevolent gesture by the government, might this be the catalyst for the Shetland Islands Council to perhaps take another look at the proposal to develop […] Shetland News …


Whalsay demands disabled public toilets and upgrade to ferry waiting room

Does the Shetland Islands Council’s concern for the safety and well being of disabled people stop at the Laxo and Vidlin ferry terminals? In a report in the media Steel shortage prompts delay in Whalsay linkspan refurbishment; Shetland News, 25 August 2021) it was stated that “councillor Allison Duncan voiced his concern that waiting rooms and […] Shetland News …


A lifetime at sea

WHEN John Arthur Irvine started his fishing career in 1959 at the tender age 15 as a cook on board the Fortuna there was little technology which could help the men finding the fish and also finding their way around the vast ocean. They worked close to shore and learning from the older hands of […] Shetland News …


Steel shortage prompts delay in Whalsay linkspan refurbishment

PLANS to refurbish the Whalsay ferry linkspan at Symbister have been pushed back until next year due to difficulties sourcing the necessary materials. Members of Shetland Islands Council’s harbour board heard on Wednesday that refurbishments at Vidlin and Skerries were carried out in April and May as planned. But work intended to go ahead in […] Shetland News …


‘One hundred and ninety years of history crumbling into the sea’ – fresh concern over state of Whalsay dock

WHALSAY Community Council has approached the amenity trust and council amid worries the “state of decay” of the isle’s ‘peerie dock’. The community council says it “urgently requires restoration” – both from a safety and historical perspective. A report compiled on the situation says the dock, in Symbister, has served the community in various ways […] Shetland News …