Shetland News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:38:50 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Caithness to isles ferry link explored again

Could the Pentalina be used on a service to Shetland once it is replaced next year? Photo: Pentland FerriesA FERRY service between Caithness and Shetland has been brought back onto the agenda amid hopes that it could help alleviate concerns over capacity on the current NorthLink service from Aberdeen.

Orkney operator Pentland Ferries and Gills Harbour in Caithness are behind the idea, which would see a ferry run between the top of the Scottish mainland and Shetland during the summer months.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:35:11 +0000
Consultation launched on island wind projects

A CONSULTATION has been launched by the UK Government on proposals to allow remote island wind projects to bid for subsidies against "less established" technologies like offshore wind and wave.

The government intends to give remote island wind projects a legal definition and enable them to compete against 'pot two' technologies in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in spring 2019 to reflect that they have higher costs due to location and transmission requirements.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:04:43 +0000
SIC faces another 'significant' funding cut

SIC leader Cecil Smith.SHETLAND Islands Council leader Cecil Smith says the local authority will have to find “several million pounds in savings” to balance its books next year after receiving another “significant cut” in funding from the Scottish Government.

Thursday’s draft budget announcement from finance secretary Derek Mackay – which is still subject to amendments before going through parliament – would give the SIC a shade over £79 million in revenue funds. A further £6.6 million will be forthcoming for capital spending.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:57:40 +0000
Fair ferry funding absent from draft budget

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.THE SCOTTISH Government’s decision not to provide the Shetland and Orkney councils with extra money to plug a funding gap for inter-island ferries has been described as “reprehensible” by local MSP Tavish Scott.

The Liberal Democrat said he and Orkney colleague Liam McArthur will now attempt to bring forward an amendment on the matter.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:25 +0000
Thomson: 'clock ticking' on ferry fare details

ZetTrans chairman Ryan Thomson.THERE remains an “incredible amount of unanswered questions” over the implementation of reduced fares on the NorthLink ferry service, according to the chairman of local transport body ZetTrans.

Ryan Thomson said at a ZetTrans meeting on Thursday that the “clock is ticking” for the Scottish Government to announce firm details.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf announced earlier this year that fares on the ferry to and from Shetland would be cut by over 40 per cent, while car fares are due to drop by more than 30 per cent on average.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:12:29 +0000
Tait fuming with ‘absurd’ cut in mackerel quota

Leslie Tait of Shetland Fishermen's Association.SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association has hit out at European fisheries ministers for rubber-stamping an “absurd” cut in mackerel quota – with chairman Leslie Tait saying it was further evidence of the need to “get out of the Common Fisheries Policy on Brexit day one”.

Tait said that, while the deal struck at the December Fisheries Council was “fairly positive” for the whitefish fleet, the pelagic sector’s mackerel quota had been hit in a manner that demonstrated “the worst of EU fisheries management”.

Featured Main Stories Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:51:51 +0000
Testing of vacant SIC offices to be conducted

Shetland Islands Council's HQ at the North Ness.SCAFFOLDING is to go up around Shetland Islands Council’s HQ at the North Ness ahead of “essential load testing” to be conducted early in the new year.

The Lerwick building has been vacant for 15 months after owners SLAP informed the local authority that it would have to vacate the offices due to concerns about its structure.

Featured Main Stories Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:39:30 +0000
'More action' needed on delivery charges

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott says there needs to be "less reviews and more action" on excessive delivery charges to rural Scotland after a UK government minister said she would launch an investigation into the issue.

Consumers minister Margot James said she will work with the Consumer Protection Partnership establish a review of research gained by Ofcom into the matter.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:52:54 +0000
Prices will have to rise, says Loganair boss

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles (front) says it is enviable prices will prise on routes to and from Sumburgh.AIRLINE Loganair is to introduce direct flights between Sumburgh and Manchester for the first time next summer – but its management has made clear that fares will rise again after Flybe's challenge to its monopoly proved to be short-lived.

Following three months of poor sales and disappointing reliability, Loganair's former partners announced last week that it was pulling out of the routes it had been running between Shetland and Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Featured Main Stories Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:29:31 +0000
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MULTIPLE award-winning, experimental folk trio LAU took the Mareel audience on a truly eclectic musical journey to conclude a UK tour celebrating a decade of music-making.

Featured Features Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:31:20 +0000
Review: ‘Bravo’ for pulling out all the stops

John Haswell, as Captain Hook - 'the most villainous pirate of them all' with Hermione Boyes as Peter Pan. Photos: Jonathon BulterI wouldn't go as far as to say I'm a big fan of panto.
Oh yes you are! I hear you cry.
Well, maybe I thought I wasn't...

It's been some time since I was last at a panto, and I had forgotten the sheer delight and excitement that comes from an untypically young theatre audience once the music starts.

Featured Reviews Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:38:47 +0000
Flybe departs Sumburgh: what went wrong?

Flybe will take off from Shetland for the last time on 7 January. Photo: Mark BerryNEWS that Flybe will withdraw from its Shetland routes after just a matter of months was greeted with a range of responses from locals on Thursday.

The main worry is that flight prices look likely to increase when rival Loganair takes on a monopoly from 8 January and can't maintain "unsustainable, loss-making" fares which had dropped to combat Flybe.

Others lamented the fact that Flybe didn't run its service in the summer, as its low base fares could have provided a boost to tourism.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:54:53 +0000