Shetland Islands Council is being “absolutely abused” over funding by the Scottish government, according to one of its councillors.
Central councillor Davie Sandison made the comment at Tuesday’s meeting of the environment and transport committee, where a debate about infrastructure descended into an argument about the government’s ability to deliver services to the isles.
SNP councillor Robbie McGregor took exception to comments made about the performance of the Scottish government during the meeting.
He told fellow members the government should not shoulder all of the blame, and that a lot of problems were caused by the fact that the SNP did not have full control over funds provided by Westminster.
Mr McGregor said that he would raise any concerns councillors had about a perceived lack of funds with finance secretary Kate Forbes.
Chairman Ryan Thomson responded strongly, using fair ferry funding as an example of the council being left behind by the government.
He said that was a “purely political argument”, and that SIC had “done everything right” but still received less than they had hoped for.
Mr Sandison said that the council was being “absolutely abused” by the government with regards to fair ferry funding, and added: “We are being played for fools on this one.”
He was not one of the nine signatories of the council motion, though Mr Thomson was.
More in this Friday’s edition of The Shetland Times.