So Shetland Charitable Trust has decided to stop funding the famous isles music festivals and make drastic cuts to Shetland’s popular leisure facilities.
Surely, when funding began, it should have been agreed to maintain levels where public facilities could at least remain open – to spend millions on each facility and now have to consider closing some of them is completely crazy.
Having worked for Shetland Recreational Trust (SRT) for 29 years, I realise what a huge part the centres all play in their respective communities.
Yes, the charitable trust has to make savings now and build up reserve funds for future generations; no-one can argue with that. However, if our festivals and leisure facilities suffer will there be much to keep future generations in Shetland, not to mention the vast numbers of tourists who flock to Shetland for the world famous music festivals.
Surely we should protect what we already have before considering spending money on new projects? Shetland needs to be kept an attractive enough place for people to stay and bring up children.
The SRT facilities are very successful and versatile as well as being exceptionally well used and I believe the Shetland public are very proud of what they have. Nowadays we seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
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