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Daily Archives: October 3, 2008

Divided we stand over the windfarm

Divided we stand over the windfarm

03/10/2008, by in Public Affairs

VIKING Energy’s proposed windfarm, which could result in 154 turbines the height of the Great Pyramid being erected across north central Shetland, has provoked an angry response and left the community divided.As final reports are prepared on the economic and social, environmental and health impa... Read more...

Possible deal for Sullom Voe

Possible deal for Sullom Voe

03/10/2008, by in News

SULLOM Voe oil terminal could benefit from an intake of oil if tentative talks with Chevron come to fruition in future years.Shetland North councillor Alastair Cooper joined forces with general manager of ports and harbour operations Jim Dickson for discussions in Aberdeen recently with officials ... Read more...

Assurances over crofting future after reform plans

Assurances over crofting future after reform plans

03/10/2008, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORA PLEDGE for extra support for rural communities was made in the Scottish Parliament this week, when environment minister Michael Russell unveiled the government’s plans for the future of crofting.The proposals follow the release earlier this year of the inquiry report into crof... Read more...

Dead fox may have been taken to isles as a hoax

Dead fox may have been taken to isles as a hoax

03/10/2008, by in News

By NEIL RIDDELLA DEAD fox was discovered in the North Mainland this week, presumed to have been brought into Shetland by an unknown party.The fox, thought to be a young female, was found lying by the side of the road by Scatsta firefighter Ross Jamieson on Monday morning.It has been sent to t... Read more...

New equal pay delay

New equal pay delay

03/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONTHE SIC’s long-running equal pay negotiations with staff will not now be settled this year, it has emerged. Even if all goes smoothly with the new revised offer issued later this month it is likely to be April 2009 before a deal can be implemented and back-pay dished out.... Read more...

New boss for trust

New boss for trust

03/10/2008, by in Public Affairs

ONE of the longest-running job vacancies in the isles was filled last Friday when Shetland Charitable Trust appointed Ann Black as its new general manager.She replaces Hazel Sutherland, who left in April 2007 to become the SIC's executive director of community services.For the past year and a ha... Read more...

Calls for fairer deal on car tax

Calls for fairer deal on car tax

03/10/2008, by in News

FARMERS are calling for a fairer deal from the Chancellor on car tax for essential off-road vehicles.Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Shetland branch Hazel Mac-kenzie said allowances should be made for farmers and crofters who need four-by-fours to do their daily work.Her comments come after SNP Eur... Read more...

Isles safe, report says

Isles safe, report says

03/10/2008, by in News

SHETLAND remains one of the safest places in Scotland to live and work, according to statistics for recorded crime issued this week.The figures for the year from April 2007-March 2008 show that the crime rate in the isles is one of the lowest in the country, second only to Orkney. Coupled with tha... Read more...

Scott seeks assurances over heat wastage

Scott seeks assurances over heat wastage

03/10/2008, by in News

CALLS for Scottish and Southern Energy to ensure that the district heating scheme can use excess heat generated from its new power station in Lerwick were stepped up this week.Shetland MSP Tavish Scott met SSE chief executive Ian Marchant in Perth on Wednesday and reiterated calls from councillors... Read more...