Compelled to contribute (Graham Budge)
Having read some of the letters in yesterday’s edition of The Shetland Times (4th September), I feel compelled to make a contribution.
It appears many view our council in a somewhat dimmer than dim light and I can only but agree.
We have what was once a landmark, in the form of the Viking Bus Station, which the council has sold off, but the remaining bus parking area has been left in sad neglect.
I should imagine that the bus parking area was not part of the deal when the buildings were sold off.
The stand, which many operators use, has now become a car park for the “boy cruisers”, who steadfastly refuse to move when a bus comes in and have the cheek to tell bus drivers to park elsewhere.
Does the council now expect the aged or infirm to have to alight from a bus and walk across an area which is not meant for pedestrians, merely because some jumped-up teens are trying to be assertive?
I think not, considering there are two large signs telling drivers: “No parking, buses only.”
Perhaps the council can say who will compensate if an injury occurs due to this selfishness? Or perhaps, one of these “cruisers” needs a gentle accidental nudge from a 10-tonne vehicle. I am sure their insurance will not pay out, as they are parked illegally?
Then we come to the police. Several times they have cruised past the bus station when illegal vehicles have been parked, yet have done nothing. One can only think they are in a hurry for their next leg waxing session, or their powers of observation have been blighted.
The “parkers” are usually at the new Mr T’s, or eating/collecting take-aways from the Raba.
No-one wishes to deny them custom, but there is a parking area above the bus station, plenty down by the Mareel and at the time they park, usually between 6.30pm onwards, the council car park is deserted.
As most work (loosely used) at the council during the day, I am sure after 4.30pm the council car park resembles the Sahara Desert.
Lastly, the letter regarding council “procurements”. Why are we not supporting local producers in Shetland?
Having worked in procurements, I can safely say kick-backs and “friends syndrome” plays a huge part.
Let’s see some action SIC, since you seem to do little else here apart from draw a wage, which is not earned.
11a Horseshoe Close,