Moral duty of care (George Hobbin)
It must concern all that if HNP were to close upwards of 20 people would lose employment, not to mention their customers.
I believe it is not a council matter, but surely they have a moral duty of care to at least discuss the problem and enquire from Ian Walterson of HNP the size and design of any future premises; in case the council could find somewhere on their behalf.
I am sure that the organisers and signatories of the petition over HNP are not ignorant of the law which must take its course. But if it had not been for the Magna Carta where would we be.
The Shetland Times must ascertain from Jonathan Wills or Bobby Hunter where the six properties are that would be suitable for HNP’s relocation.
My suggestion is that Slap extends a 10-year lease to HNP, then ascertains from the development company they have sold it to, that could not the new proposed student block be built over and above the existing HNP premises, designed below on the relocation as a future car parking area.
Had a new two-lane road to Walls already been built as mentioned 50 years ago HNP could have relocated to around the new pier at Bayhall in Walls.
Bridge of Walls.
• In a report included in the 29th January edition of The Shetland Times Mr Walterson did outline the sites which HNP had been offered and which he says are unsuitable.