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Daily Archives: April 17, 2009

Huge slide in house sales as bubble ends

Huge slide in house sales as bubble ends

17/04/2009, by in News

By JOHN ROBERTSONHouse sales fell dramatically in Shetland at the start of this year with average prices returning to the levels of two years ago, according to official figures.Although the boom bubble has been pricked there are signs of buyers returning to the market in recent weeks – bu... Read more...

AHS plan rejected

AHS plan rejected

17/04/2009, by in Public Affairs

Lerwick Community Council has rejected the SIC’s planning appli­cation for a new school on the site of the existing Anderson High School in Lerwick.At the organisation’s monthly meeting on Monday night, members voted by nine votes to two against the proposal, with one abstention. The genera... Read more...

Fears over delay to rural cash scheme

Fears over delay to rural cash scheme

17/04/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORFarmers and crofters have been left “up in arms” by the Scottish Government’s decision to suspend the next round of its Rural Priorities grants amid fears cash for agri­cultural projects could be drying up.Concerns have been raised after ministers said a meeting to det... Read more...

Bakery sends oatcake order to Canada

Bakery sends oatcake order to Canada

17/04/2009, by in News

Walls Bakery took an unusual order last week – a request for a batch of 4,000 packs of oatcakes to be sent to Canada.The company’s first order from abroad was despatched on Friday and is due to arrive in Mississauga, Ontario, this week.The bakery regularly supplies sweet and savoury bisc... Read more...

Town Hall clock will move with the times

Town Hall clock will move with the times

17/04/2009, by in News

The Town Hall clock is to be brought into the 21st century with an electronic upgrade costing £9,000.The much-loved clock currently has to be wound by hand and has to have the time adjusted in spring and autumn. But all that will be a thing of the past after the work is carried out by a team... Read more...

Science and technology fair for May

Science and technology fair for May

17/04/2009, by in News

The SIC’s Science and Technology Fair will take place at Clickimin from 18th to 22nd May.Schools and other organisations from all over the isles are invited to participate in a variety of workshops and events designed to find out more about many fascinating subjects.Visiting exhibitors ... Read more...

Petition raised

Petition raised

17/04/2009, by in Public Affairs

A petition calling for a second ambulance for Shetland has been placed in shops throughout the Mainland.Malcolm Thomson from Olla­berry said he had been shocked to read in this paper of two recent cases when Shetland’s only ambulance equipped to A&E standards had been unable to respond to... Read more...

Remote isles need radical solutions, now

Remote isles need radical solutions, now

17/04/2009, by in Features

The communities in Fair Isle and Fetlar have both been given a major boost in the last fortnight with the announcement of support from the European Regional Development Fund. Around £2.3 million pounds was pledged to the two islands, between the Fair Isle Bird Observatory and the proposed berthing ... Read more...

Bid to join Geopark network

Bid to join Geopark network

17/04/2009, by in

Shetland is making a bid to become part of a network of European Geoparks, Lerwick Community Council heard this week.Jonathan Swale and Robina Barton from the Amenity Trust gave a presentation at the meeting on Monday which outlined Shetland’s geology and what makes it so unique.Members he... Read more...

Green group?

Green group?

17/04/2009, by in

A public meeting may be held later this month to gauge support for the setting up of a Friends of the Earth Scotland (FOES) local group.Vic Thomas, who is involved in the idea, said it was in response to a number of contacts and requests for information on a range of local social, economic and e... Read more...