Community commitment (Cheryl Jamieson)
I often wonder if Shetland Life asked me “21 Questions” what would the title of my autobiography be. I’ve decided now it would have to be “Fighting against the tide”.
We are working very hard to make Unst a vibrant and attractive place to live, and I’d say we are succeeding. It’s not easy, but I think the effort is worth it, and as a result we have a great community spirit that’s envied by many. For the council then to target our school for closure is so infuriating and demoralising.
Councillor Nickerson’s absurd comments about Northmavine maybe explains what others are thinking. Unbelievably he said that North Roe didn’t need their school as the area was doing well because they have the Big Bannock and the Northmavine Community Development Company.
Does he have no comprehension of the voluntary effort that goes into this brilliant charity event? And that the reason that the NCDC exists is because they are striving hard to regenerate their area, and doing a great job too. Like us, they are fighting against the tide, and fighting against the council.
Did he mean that if the community had been dying out and doing nothing about it he would have voted to keep their school? So because we have UnstFest and the Unst Partnership we can afford to lose our school?
There is so much hard work going on in our rural areas and this should be recognised and supported by our council, rather than thwarted. We have all made a commitment to our communities, and it’s about time the council did the same.