Best custodians? (Alice Ratter)

Why is the proposed new Anderson High School building exempt from the education budget cutbacks? Do we really need another “fancy” building in Lerwick – probably the best in Britain if not Europe? Or, would a modular type building suffice which could then be furnished with first class teaching aids and equipment?

Primary pupils in Yell are to be transported up to 16 miles on single track roads. The new Mid Yell School has had problems since it opened, one of which is the plumbing system, and the fittings are apparently a different spec from those available in this country!

Modify the plans for the new AHS and save five, 10, maybe even 20 million pounds. Give all the Shetland bairns an excellent education opportunity, sustain our outlying communities, bring back music and knitting tuition, enhancing our indigenous skills, and improve our carbon footprint by reducing transport costs.

Based on their previous budgetary decisions are our councillors the best custodians of <i>our</i> Charitable Trust fund?

Alice Ratter


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  • John Kryton

    • May 25th, 2011 18:57

    I nearly fell about laughing when i read this letter, what on earth does travelling on a single track road have to do with any thing, the children are in a bus for goodness sake. You people in Shetland don’t know you are born you have more public services provided for you than any where else in Britain. All you can find to moan about is the fact that things tend to be centralised in Lerwick. You have one of the best standards of education in the country and still you complain you should try sending you kids to some of the schools here in Aberdeen. My daughter has to walk 1.7 miles to and from school and she has to cross the the busy duel carriageway on Anderson Drive to get there and you moan about kids in a bus on single track roads. It would probably cost 5,10 or 20 million to change the plans for the school so why bother and a modular build is usually a temporary structure unless you spend even more millions to make it permanent. You even moan about the the way your charitable trust fund is spent, you are lucky you have one. Alice if this is all you have to complain about its time you got a life.

    John Kryton,

  • Brian Smith

    • May 27th, 2011 16:18



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