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CCTV network not fit for purpose

LERWICK's CCTV system is no longer considered to be fit for purpose and needs to be replaced as it cannot be upgraded or repaired, Shetland News has learned.

The 14-camera network, which was installed in the heart of the town in 2010, has broken down on a regular basis and has been providing police officers with poor image quality.

A report, which will be discussed in private at Monday's meeting of Shetland Islands Council's policy and resources committee, confirms what many local people have been saying for years.

McGregor calls for fair ferries funding

SNP councillor Robbie McGregor.SHETLAND'S sole SNP councillor is urging Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay to find extra cash to fulfil a commitment that would see the Scottish Government fund the isles' internal ferry service.

Southend councillor Robbie MacGregor has now written to his party colleague calling on him to give the issue "full consideration".

The Scottish government confirmed that the letter had been received, and also that Shetland and Orkney councils had submitted requests for extra funding.

MacGregor's letter comes a day before Audit Scotland releases a major report into the funding of ferry services across the country.

SIC plans to invest in recycling facilities

SIC's waste management site (right) next to the waste to energy plant. Photo: Shetland NewsCOUNCILLORS are being asked to back plans to build a new shed and buy sorting equipment at a cost of over £750,000 to support Shetland Islands Council's proposed new kerbside recycling scheme.

The building and machinery would mean the waste would not need to be sorted on the mainland, which would save between £59,000 and £97,000 per year.

Guitar wizard to soundtrack silent film

RM Hubbert will perform at Mareel on Thursday.AWARD-winning Scottish guitarist and songwriter RM Hubbert is heading to Shetland to host a unique show at Mareel later this week.

The musician will visit the isles for the first time to perform a live accompaniment to 1926 silent film By The Law at the Lerwick venue on Thursday as part of a wider tour.

Industry 'shock' at NorthLink freight fares rise

NorthLink freight boat Hildasay arriving in Lerwick. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsINDUSTRY bodies and transport companies have expressed their disappointment after Serco NorthLink announced a 2.9 per cent rise in freight charges for commercial traffic travelling to and from the Northern Isles.

Chief executive of Seafood Shetland Ruth Henderson said the organisation is "angry and dismayed" that the rise comes at a time when passenger fares are set to reduce.

Gear hailed as 'future industry leader'

Award winner Daniel Gear (centre) with EIC CEO Stuart Broadley (left) and Dr Ian Broadbent (right), MBA director at Robert Gordon University.A SHETLANDER working in the oil and gas industry has been given the Energy Industries Council's first Rising Star MBA Award.

Daniel Gear will now receive full tuition fees of £16,500 to study a master of business administration (MBA) in oil and gas management on an executive part-time basis at Robert Gordon University's Garthdee campus in Aberdeen.

Sea salt entrepreneurs ‘ecstatic’ after receiving funding and taste award

One Taste Award star for Shetland Sea Salt.A SMALL local food and drink business is set to bump up its production after securing a European fisheries grant worth £14,000.

The news comes shortly after Shetland Sea Salt was awarded one star at the national Great Taste Awards for its pure white flakes sea salt.

The awards, held in Wales this year, are the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for small artisan food and drink producers and have been described as the Oscars of the food world.

Shetland Sea Salt is the brainchild of local chef Akshay Borges and Kaye Sandison, both from Scalloway.

Take in the bells with The Revellers

The Revellers will be joined by a host of local talent at Mareel.

LOCAL folk-rockers The Revellers will help Lerwick take in 2018 in style at Shetland Arts' upcoming Hogmanay event at Mareel.

The group will be joined on the bill by acts such as Kansa, The Arthur Nicholson Band and Hom Bru, while the Alan Nicholson Dance Band will cap things off.

Confidence boost for island wind projects

There are 700MW of island wind projects waiting to be developed. Photo: Shetland NewsWIND farm projects in the Scottish islands received a long awaited boost on Wednesday when the UK government announced that they will be eligible to apply for the next round of subsidies in 2019.

The news was enthusiastically welcomed by isles MP Alistair Carmichael and Viking Energy, one of the companies hoping to benefit from the announcement.

Prison for man who subjected wife to 'sustained and wicked campaign of abuse'

Robert Simmons outside Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Photo: Shetland NewsA MAN who subjected his wife to nearly three decades of "depraved and cruel" behaviour described as being at times "almost cult-like" has been sent to prison for over two and a half years.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that 62 year old Robert Simmons embarked on a "sustained and wicked campaign of abuse" against his wife.

Two years without a suicide but challenges remain for local mental health service

New clinical nurse manager Graham Laing (left) and head of mental health services Karen Smith (right). Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland NewsTHERE have been no suicides in Shetland in over two years now, while more men in the isles appear to be coming forward to access mental health support.

Local Choose Life coordinator Karen Smith, who was named on Monday as NHS Shetland's new head of mental health for the next year, thinks the dramatic slow down in the number of suicides is due to prevention training in the community and reduced stigma.

SIC vehicle trackers drive down fuel costs

A screenshot of the monitoring system in action.A VEHICLE monitoring system installed by Shetland Islands Council in the spring is set to save the local authority between £30,000 and £50,000 a year as staff become better drivers.

SIC's estate operations manager Carl Symons said there has been "significant reductions" in fuel usage among the council's 230-vehicle fleet as drivers take more care on the roads.

SIC gets keys to new Anderson High School

(L-R) Morrison Construction project director Mark Clarke, SIC chief executive Mark Boden and Phil McVey of Hub North Scotland. Photo: SICSHETLAND Islands Council has taken possession of the new £55.75 million Anderson High School and its halls of residence ahead of pupils moving into the buildings in late October.

Chief executive Mark Boden was joined by Morrison Construction's Mark Clarke and Hub North Scotland director Phil McVey at the school in Lerwick on Tuesday.

More jobs to go at Bristow Helicopters

Eight of the twelve job losses among pilots are understood to be sought in Shetland. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsBRISTOW Helicopters have confirmed that the company is seeking to make twelve redundancies among pilots at their Shetland and Norwich bases, which are serving the oil and gas industry.

This latest round of redundancies comes in addition to the loss of twelve Bristow engineering posts at Shetland and Aberdeen, announced last month.

NHS gets new head of mental health

Choose Life coordinator Karen Smith has been named NHS Shetland's new head of mental health.SUICIDE prevention worker Karen Smith has taken up the role of NHS Shetland's head of mental health.

Smith has worked as the health board's Choose Life coordinator as well as its alcohol and drugs development officer.

She accepted the offer of a 12-month secondment after NHS Shetland failed to recruit to the post.

The job, which was advertised as a secondment opportunity across the health board and Shetland Islands Council, works across health and social care and also links into voluntary groups.

Final farewell for old Anderson High School

The Anderson High School shut its doors to pupils on Wednesday. Photo: Neil Riddell/Shetland NewsTHERE may well have been a few tears shed at the Anderson High School come closing time on Wednesday as the building shut its doors to pupils for the last time.

The Lerwick secondary school, which has been at the Lover's Loan site since 1862 when it began life as the Anderson Educational Institute, has closed to children before the new one opens across town next to the Clickimin Leisure Complex at the end of October.

SIC urged to make U-turn on hostel name

The new Anderson High School hostel during construction last year. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsA MOTION is set to be proposed to Shetland Islands Council later this year to encourage it to reverse its decision not to name the new Anderson High School hostel after former manager George McGhee.

North Isles councillor Ryan Thomson said he hopes to present the notice of motion to the next meeting of the education and families committee in December.

Man remanded after drugs found on ferry

The Hrossey boat. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsA MAN from Lerwick who was found on the NorthLink ferry with £2,500 worth of cannabis has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing later this month.

Ian Mutch, of St Olaf St, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to admit being concerned in the supplying of the class B drug on the Hrossey on Monday (3 October) as it travelled from Aberdeen to Shetland.

Finish line in sight for new Anderson

The new Anderson High School will be handed over to Shetland Islands Council within the next week. Photo: SICSHETLAND Islands Council expects to get the keys to the new £55.75 million Anderson High School and halls of residence within the next week as its construction comes to an end.

Pupils will have their last day at the current Anderson on Wednesday before taking a couple of extra days off on either side of the October holidays, which will run from Monday (9 October) to Tuesday 24 October inclusive.

Gas plant workers vote for strike action

Shetland Gas Plant started production in February 2016. Photo: TotalAROUND 80 workers at the Shetland Gas Plant currently embroiled in a pay dispute have voted in favour of industrial action which could bring production at the site to a halt.

Unite regional organiser John Boland said Friday that 92.3 per cent of votes cast in the union's ballot by members working for Aker Solutions were in favour of strike action.

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