AHS plan rejected

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 general feeling among members was that it was “the wrong school in the wrong place”.

Councillor Jonathan Wills said there had been no proper assessment of alternative sites and that the community council should do its best to ensure any objections to the project are heard.

There were also issues raised about the site in relation to traffic problems and the impact the site would have in discouraging children to walk to the school, or to swimming and sports classes at Clickimin.

The application was rejected on the grounds that it fails to comply with planning legislation as well as the Shetland Structural Plan 2001-2016.

A representative from the council’s planning department said it was currently awaiting the community council’s views in writing as part of the ongoing consultation process.


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