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It's been disturbing and distressing to watch blame for the current difficulties at Shetland Amenity Trust being heaped, publicly, with neither subtlety nor grace, on someone who is no longer here to respond.

Still time to set this right

Open letter to: Council leader Cecil Smith, Convener Malcolm Bell, the Education and Family committee, and all elected members.

Last week's Shetland Times article with Barbara Rosie was brilliant, and a fantastic prelude to the hostel reunion, which takes place this month. However, when reading the words "Anderson High School Halls of Residence", it was a reminder that this is still the current proposed name for the new building.

Changes are already under way

I am responding on behalf of trustees at Shetland Amenity Trust to the comments that have been made in your letters columns about the current position at the trust.

I should say at the outset that trustees are well aware of the kinds of concern that your correspondents have raised and they are addressing them. As Robina Barton's letter recognises ('Staff must not be made scapegoats for the failings of others'; SN, 01/10/2017), there are two separate issues here, finance and governance.

Save the expertise

Like group of latter day Ophelias', trustees of Shetland Amenity Trust sit on the sidelines, wring their hands and decry their departed Hamlet; "O, woe is me, T'have seen what I have seen, see what I see!"

Three planning concerns

In response to many comments, concerns and complaints about SIC Planning, and whilst considering standing in the last SIC elections, I put forward serious concerns about how unfit for purpose the planning system is in Shetland via letters to the media, Facebook posts, and questions to elected members.

Godless panic

In the past week or so there appears to have been a godless panic regarding the size of the proposed electricity cable connection to Shetland.

A great big thank you

On behalf of all at Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, we would like to send out a great big thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising appeal over the last four months and helped us reach our target of 500 pledges of £5 a month to help secure the sanctuary's long term future.

Potentially a lot to be happy about

We all love a good moan don't we? In Shetland that historically revolves around two subjects – the weather and/or the cost of travel or level of service to and from the islands – or sometimes even the two combined!

Why do we bother?

So the war of the island airlines has commenced. Domination of the northern skies is in full "flight". Both companies are going into great detail of their commitment to their "loyal" customer base. Thick and thin we'll stand by our favourite airlines....

Everyone happy with SIC planning?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the concerns I discovered considering standing in the last SIC elections and my own and friends' personal experiences with the SIC planning department.

Protected by the Supreme Court

UNISON are to be congratulated on taking the UK government to court over the introduction of employment tribunal fees and winning because the Supreme Court decided the government acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally. The fees are now scrapped.

Outdated trust?

Shetland's Charitable Trust is now operating on two thirds of the full quorum and has made provision to be able to fly up trustees from south.

Staneyhill Free Press

The Shetland Archives is trying to complete its run of the newssheet The Staneyhill Free Press, produced at Sullom Voe.

Lost bracelet

I am writing to you to see if you might help in any way. On Saturday 22 July, my husband and I walked the path from Isbister to the lighthouse at Fethaland.

Change the planning system

SIC planning & building control is working against Shetland.

In my discussions with folk prior to my decision to pull out of being a candidate in the last council elections, the key criticisms for the folk in my rural ward and the barriers to what folk in rural Shetland want were of a planning and rural development nature.

Thank you for sharing your views

I would like to take the opportunity to thank most sincerely all those who took the time out of their day on 17 July to join Flybe and Eastern Airways at the recent meeting we held in Lerwick and for sharing with us their thoughts and giving such valuable feedback much of which we have taken on board for consideration.

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