Last week the SIC quietly granted planning permission for a five-turbine windfarm near Cullivoe in Yell.
How many representations were received against this development? None. I’ll say that again. Not one single objection. How many letters of support were received? None. Zero. Zilch. So much for Sustainable Shetland being painted as anti-windfarm. So much for the Windfarm Supporters Group supporting all windfarms.
This is in stark contrast to responses to the Viking Energy planning application, where 1,100 people contacted the planning authority to say they supported it. Good for them for making the effort. However, over 2,700 wrote to say they objected to Viking Energy. Over 85 per cent of responses, for and against, came from Shetland.
Scottish election candidates would do well to remember there is little “anti-windfarm” sentiment in Shetland. The issue is Viking Energy, not windfarms. Ducking this clear and burning issue doesn’t make it go away, but it does expose a strategy devoid of leadership or integrity.