19th November 2017

Unst radar base proposals confirmed

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Plans to re-establish a radar base at Saxa Vord in Unst have been announced.

The news, made public late this afternoon, comes more than 10 years after the long-established station closed its doors.

An RAF spokesman said plans were afoot to bring up a radar system to be installed on its “remote radar head”.

Work to accommodate the system is due to be carried out in the near future.

“The MoD can confirm that we plan to install a radar system at remote radar head, at Saxa Vord, and will shortly start a series of infrastructure work to accommodate this new radar system,” he said.

No further details have been given at this stage. However, the news will be welcomed by many in the North Isles, who saw the population of Unst drop after the station closed in April 2006.

North Isles councillor, Ryan Thomson, described the announcement as “brilliant news”.

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About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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4 comments

  1. James J Paton

    A radar for Unst is hardly brilliant news. Is this the extent of the local Cllr’s imagination to develop sustainability. What a fool. Who’s the enemy? Ploughshares not swords I say. Find out the cost/expenditure on this foolishness and see what else could be done with that level of investment.

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    • Ryan Thomson

      The cost/expenditure is not something the local Cllr has any control over James.

      What this does bring to the island, however, is jobs. In the short term a lot of temporary employment and going forward hopefully many permanent jobs too.

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  2. James Sinclair

    News? This was flagged up in 2014.

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  3. colin moore

    I don’t think Unst should expect for many jobs from this new radar. I worked for NATS at Sumburgh and i know all their remote radars are unmanned and controlled from one of two atc centres. No reason to think that the military will be any different

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