HNP to vacate site in December
The legal battle between Lerwick engineering firm HNP and the company that leases the land it’s workshop is on – Shetland Leasing And Property (Slap) – would appear to be over.
A statement released by Slap today said that Shetland Leasing and Property Developments Limited and HNP Engineers have agreed HNP will vacate the Commercial Road premises by 12th December and have resolved their obligations under the lease.
HNP will leave its home for the last 47 years almost a year after Slap started legal proceedings to evict the firm that provides specialised engineering services to the marine and fishing industries.
HNP, which employs 16 people, is in the process of moving to a new site it purchased at the Lower Blackhill Industrial Estate.
In late 2014 Slap decided to sell the site that housed HNP to property developer Cityheart to build accommodation for Shetland College, which is based out of town at Gremista. That sparked controversy when it emerged HNP had also bid for its site, but made a lower offer than the Chester-based firm.
HNP and Slap then became locked in a legal battle last December and HNP owner Ian Walterson lodged a complaint with charities regulator Oscr over Slap’s handling of the sale in February.
Oscr last month ruled that directors of Slap and trustees of its parent Shetland Charitable Trust acted properly in the sale of the site.
Slap said there would be no further comment on the matter while Mr Walterson was not available for comment.