HIAL poised to decide on Sumburgh car parking charges
A decision on whether to introduce parking charges at Sumburgh Airport is due to be made by Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) on Wednesday.
Pressure on HIAL not to inflict the extra charges on travellers is intense, with the company’s chairman Grenville Johnston in Lerwick on Monday for talks with representatives of several local groups.
Shetland Islands Council, NHS Shetland, the Sumburgh Airport Consultative Committee, Voluntary Action Shetland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Disability Shetland and Dunrossness Community Council all put their case to Mr Johnston, along with MSP Tavish Scott, himself one of the isles’ most frequent travellers.
Mr Scott said he had also received many telephone calls from people opposing the proposed charges.
He said: “After [Monday’s] meeting, involving so many different Shetland organisations, HIAL can be in no doubt that parking charges is the wrong approach. They would be another travel tax on Shetlanders, would be anti-business and wouldn’t bring in the cash that HIAL expects.
“I trust that we made the case and the HIAL board will listen and take the right decision. They should also be clear that, were they to proceed with charges, we will take this to the Scottish government in the most powerful way.”