It beggars belief

Tuesday’s vote on Viking Energy’s windfarm application by the SIC was yet another serious breach of conduct by our inept elected members.

As all members of the SIC are trustees of the Shetland Charitable Trust that has repeatedly given political and financial support to the development, they are deemed involved with the development. Under their charitable trust hats they are part of the development and have a legal requirement to declare their interest and have no further involvement in that part of the process.

It beggars belief that elected members can continue to express gross misconduct and again fly in the face of due process and proper democratic procedures. While the arguments for and against rage on it is absolutely essential that the process that arrives at a decision is done so legally, democratically, openly and dare I say it – fairly.

It is absolutely outrageous and totally unacceptable that the SIC has such dirty hands in acting as developer and statutory consultee. This conflict of interests and misconduct must once again be brought to the attention of Audit Scotland.

The SIC’s elected members are a disgrace to Shetland.

Vic Thomas


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