Optimistic outlook as Fetlar breakwater opened

Fetlar residents turned out in force on Saturday for the opening ceremony of the isle’s breakwater and pier, a development that had been awaited for decades.

The honour of pulling aside the blue curtains to reveal the plaque on the pier fell to former North Isles councillor and retired political leader Josie Simpson, who, along with elected member Robert Henderson and retired councillor Laura Baisley had lobbied hard for the breakwater and pier.

Mr Simpson, who had cut the turf in January 2011, said Fetlar had waited a long time for the facility.

It was “really great” to be opening the breakwater and new pier for small boats, which would bring “great benefit” to Fetlar.

He thanked the design team, led by SIC project manager John Williamson, main contractor FLJ and sub-contractor Malakoff.

The project was completed in September, taking less than two years to build and had cost less than the original £2.65 million estimate thanks to using local stone.

Fetlar had been Shetland’s only inhabited isle without a breakwater and the development opens up many possibilities. Robert Thomson, of Fetlar Developments Limited, said the 235-metre breakwater and new small pier meant “everything” to the isle.

Residents had been hoping for this development since before the Second World War and he said now that it was in place “Fetlar had a lot of catching up to do”.

The immediate benefit is that the inter island ferry can be berthed in the isle. Longer term it means fishing boats could be based locally and the shellfish and aquaculture industries could be developed.

Meanwhile, Fetlar’s fortunes are on the up. The isle has 79 residents – there were fewer than 50 in 2008 – the school has re-opened and houses are being built.


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.