Hulking monstrosity (Valerie Leask)
Firstly, having followed the “windfarm saga” throughout, many of the letters from those in support of it keep insisting that we against it should “open our eyes, get a grip, and appreciate the benefits and wealth it will bring to our islands”.
I am sure I can safely state on behalf of the objectors that we are fully aware of the benefits it “could” bring but those for appear to be totally blinkered to the massive destruction on many counts this hulking monstrosity will bring with it and leave behind.
Anyway, benefits and drawbacks apart, this proposed gigantic windfarm is undoubtedly far too big proportion-wise for the “tiny space – the Shetltand Islands” it is to be built on.
Secondly, I cannot believe the SIC planning department’s latest ridiculous petty objection ruling the “T” sign on the Thule Bar being in breach of the Lerwick Conservation Area regulations.
What about the shops with natural stone walls all painted lovely colours and the few neon signs that are visible at the moment, it all adds to the beauty of the harbour front. After all, years back, when the Dutch and Norwegian fishing boats used to come to Shetland, they referred to Lerwick as “the grey town”. I wonder why!
Thirdly, looking back a few weeks when £10,000 was granted to the Whalsay Golf Course to assist with running costs which received the backing of Josie Simpson (when the council was quibbling same) on the basis that we have to look after the young of today.
May I just add that should money not also be ploughed into the schools fund for music tuition to aid our budding musically talented bairns to accomplish what Shetland is well known for – good musicians.
There are a lot of parents out there who are not going to be able to pay for tuition in this “hard to manage” shambles our country is in at the moment. I echo Mr Simpson here – “we have to look after the young of today”. This would be an investment we can guarantee a good return for our money for a change.