People attending the four public meetings about the Viking Energy windfarm next week should turn up ready to voice their views. The events organised by Shetland Islands Council will simply involve recording what people want to say.
The council confirmed on Tuesday that the sessions in Brae, Aith, Dunrossness and Lerwick would not be in the form of a debate or question and answer forum. Instead, those who attend will be asked to express their views, which will be transcribed by minute-takers and also taped.
The record will be used to help shape the council’s view on the windfarm planning application and will also be submitted to the government’s energy consents unit, which is handling the planning process.
The sessions were requested by councillors in July in an effort to glean a clearer view of public opinion on the controversial 150-turbine development. They are to be chaired by executive director of services Hazel Sutherland, who is currently the acting chief executive.