It saddens me that the schools service report recommends closing the small rural schools.
Consultation meetings and responses clearly show that the community values these schools and strongly feels they should remain open.
In Unst we accept that we will never compete on a commodity basis and the result is micro brewery ales, niche market salmon, croft produce and free-range bairns.
From PURE energy to URGE veggies Unst can be proud of the developing micro economy here, but we must accept that costs are higher. Some things are worth paying a little extra for – thriving remote communities I suggest is one example.
Does the SIC have no vision? Take away these schools and effectively you destroy the future for fragile rural areas.