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Need for food parcels in wealthy Shetland is 'absolutely disgusting', says CAB manager

Outgoing CAB manager Sylvia Jamieson is saddened by the need for food parcels in Shetland. Photo: ShetnewsTHE NEED for food parcels in an affluent community like Shetland is “absolutely disgusting” and demonstrates a widening gap between the haves and have-nots, says outgoing Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) manager Sylvia Jamieson.

She has spent the past two and a half years in the post working tirelessly along with 17 paid staff and 35 volunteers to help individuals – often among the most vulnerable – to claim benefits to which they are entitled and to help manage their debts.

Taking the heat out of the sea

Discussing ways to expand the Lerwick district heating scheme are (from left): Star Renewable Energy director David Pearson, SHEAP manager Neville Martin and SHEAP board member Andrew Blackadder - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsHEAT from the sea could soon be used to help expand Lerwick's innovative district heating scheme to meet growing demand from new customers.

Shetland Heat Energy and Power (SHEAP) is in discussions with a Glasgow-based heat pump manufacturer to extend the network that already supplies about half of Lerwick's households and businesses' heat demand.

SIC forced to import staff for care homes

Lerwick's Edward Thomason House, one of several care homes on Shetland where staff are feeling under pressure due to recruitment problems.STAFF shortages in Shetland’s care homes have forced the local authority to recruit agency contractors from the Scottish mainland for the first time.

Trade unions voiced alarm when they discovered by accident that two agency staff had already started work last week before consultation with the unions or councillors.

Search starts for ideal new power station

The existing Lerwick power station is more than 40 years old and in need of replacement.A LONG anticipated consultation into the future of Shetland’s electricity supply has begun, which will include four public meetings across the isles.

The move comes after energy regulator Ofgem rejected plans for a new 90 megawatt  ‘dual fuel’ power station to be built at Gremista in Lerwick by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD).

WW1 community project gets underway

The Arthur brothers from Kirkigarth, Stromfirth, whose story is likely to be one of those explored by the WW1 project. Willie Arthur (left) was in the Gordon Highlanders, Jeemie served in the Royal Navy on HMS Vanellus. Photo Shetland Museum and ArchivesA MAJOR community project bringing to life the impact of World War One on Shetland is being launched with a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Anderson High School has teamed up with the Shetland Family History Society, Shetland Heritage Association and Shetland Museum and Archives for the ambitious venture.

The project entitled Those at Land, Sea, Home and Abroad is being coordinated by history teacher Jon Sandison and will result in public events and a long term legacy in the form of an online archive of material.

Britain’s Got Talent discovers Shetland

Fiddle talent. (From left) Jodie Smith, Jasmin Smith and Anya Johnston hoping to make it onto national TV at Tuesday's Britian's Got Talent auditions at Mareel.ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent headed north on Tuesday to audition islanders wanting to take part in the hugely popular show. Patrick Mainland went along to Mareel to check out their performances.

Baton twirlers, gymnasts and a singer from the UK’s most northerly outpost all featured in the latest audition for Britain’s Got Talent as ITV’s most popular show reached out to those parts of the country that other talent shows have yet to get to.

Scrap business saved from scrapheap

60 North Recycling at work on the Lerwick waterfront where it is involved in oil rig decommissioning. Photo 60 NorthA LOCAL recycling business has escaped bankruptcy after its owner reached a last minute deal to pay the taxman almost £200,000 in arrears.

Liquidation papers were served on 60 North Recycling last month after the Lerwick company failed to pay outstanding VAT and corporation tax.

Owner Charlie Barton confirmed on Tuesday that he had reached a pay back agreement with HM Revenue & Customs.

Three injured in four vehicle crash

The crash happened at around half past eight on Tuesday morning - Photo: ShetnewsTHREE people had to be taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital, in Lerwick, following a four vehicle crash at the north end of the Kames on Tuesday morning.

Police said that none of the injuries was thought to be life threatening.

The A970 was closed for a time two miles south of the Vidlin junction following the crash at about 8.30am.

Serious road accident closes Kames road

EMERGENCY SERVICES are currently attending a serious road traffic accident involving three vehicles at the north end of the Kames.

The road is currently closed while paramedics are treating those injured.

A police spokesman said a short while ago that two cars and a van were involved in the crash on the A970 south of the Vidlin junction.

SIC: retaining emergency vessel is crucial

Northern Isles ETV Herakles. Photo courtesy of Alistair Carmichael's parliamentary office.SIC LEADER Gary Robinson says recent incidents have demonstrated the importance of retaining the coastguard’s emergency towing vessel (ETV) to protect the waters around Shetland and Orkney.

The UK Government will review the ETV’s future, which Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael confirmed last month is now secure until March 2016, next year.

Proud Michelle receives award for late father

A proud Michelle Henderson received the award on behalf of her late father. Photo: Louis DeCarloLATE SHETLAND Folk Festival stalwart Davie Henderson has been given a posthumous award for the contribution he made to Scotland’s traditional music scene.

Henderson’s daughter Michelle Henderson said she was “truly honoured” to receive the award on her father’s behalf at a ceremony in Glasgow on Friday night.

Views sought on local energy costs

An image of the new Rova Head power station proposed by SSE company SHEPD last year.SUPPLYING electricity to Shetland's 13,500 households and businesses at near mainland prices cost an extra £26.6 million in subsidies last financial year.

That would amount to an additional £2,000 per local electricity bill were the extra cost not spread between consumers throughout the north of Scotland.

The eye-catching figure is contained in an Ofgem consultation document that seeks views on how energy in the isles could be produced more competitively.

Black Gaet crash

NO one was injured in a two-vehicle crash at the Black Gaet, south of Lerwick, on Thursday afternoon just before 5pm.

The road is down to one lane and police officers are directing traffic.

Reduced Whalsay service after fire on Linga

Emergency services were called to Laxo on Wednesday night when the Whalsay ferry Linga had a small fire in one of her three engines while ten minutes into her scheduled crossing to Symbister.

The master of the Linga alerted Shetland Coastguard at around 10.15pm saying he was returning to Laxo after indications of a fire in the engine room.

On arrival at the ferry terminal crew members extinguished the fire with foam before local coastguard volunteers and the fire service arrived on scene.

New Holmsgarth pier to create up to 20 jobs

An artist's illustration of the planned Holmsgarth North pier - Image: LPALOCAL civil engineering firm Tulloch Developments has been appointed as the main contractor to build Lerwick Port Authority's new £16.5 million Holmsgarth North pier.

The latest expansion of Lerwick Harbour will see 800 metres of additional deep water berthing space being constructed over the next two years.

Cargo ship drifting off Fair Isle

A screen shot of the website showing the Myrte drifting off Fair Isle.THE Sullom Voe tug Tystie has taken the stricken cargo ship Myrte under tow but is now not expected to berth at the Greenhead Base in Lerwick before early on Thursday morning due to deteriorating weather conditions.

The Dutch registered freighter with nine crew on board was drifting 12 miles off Fair Isle after suffering engine failure following a fire in its engine room on Tuesday.

Shetland Coastguard was alerted at 5.10pm on Tuesday and has since been kept busy coordinating the rescue effort.

Investigation into St Clement’s fire

Fire fighters from Lerwick and Scalloway attending St Clement's Hall on Monday night. Photo: Austin TaylorA JOINT police and fire investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire, which damaged the disused St Clement's Hall in Lerwick on Monday night.

Police are guarding the St Olaf Street building until officers from the mainland arrive in the isles to start their inquiries.

Fire damages St Clement’s Hall

Fire fighters from Lerwick and Scalloway attending St Clement's Hall on Monday night. Photo: Austin TaylorFIRE fighters from Lerwick and Scalloway were called to a fire on the ground floor of St Clement's Hall in Lerwick's St Olaf Street, on Monday evening.

It took them more than an hour to get the fire under control.

Britain's Got Talent scouts to search isles

The judging panel on the last series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent.SCOUTS Britain’s Got Talent will take their search for fresh flair to Shetland for the first time next week ahead of the popular ITV show's ninth series in 2015.

The production team will be at Mareel’s Green Room between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 28 October before heading to The Lounge Bar for an open mic session that evening.

Call for communities to get 3G signal

Tavish Scott: 'broadband incredibly important to people in Shetland'.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is calling on local communities to apply for a Vodafone programme that could bring 3G mobile broadband to a number of rural areas.

Following the successful Rural Open Sure Signal trial, which includes a pilot scheme in Walls, the communications giant is now extending the initiative to 100 communities across the UK.

Scott said the scheme did not offer a "complete solution" to the problem of patchy mobile coverage but was one step in the right direction to improve the situation for some communities.

Concern over air ambulance provision

The Bond operated Jigsaw helicopter - Photo: Kieran MurrayTHE AIR ambulance service from Shetland's more remote areas might be adversely affected by oil industry plans that could see the removal of the locally based Jigsaw search and rescue helicopter.

BP is currently reviewing its offshore SAR service, with some newspapers already reporting that the service will be axed after 2016.

Faster internet for some, but politicians want more

Launching superfast fibre with the help of Shetland’s own Hazel Tindall, the world’s fasted knitter, are (from left): HIE’s director of regional development Carroll Buxton, BT Scotland director Brendan Dick, director of Digital Highlands and Islands Stuart Robertson, the Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace, SIC leader Gary Robinson and Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of Next Generation Broadband – Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsSUPERFAST broadband has arrived in Shetland as part of a £146 million project to get the Highlands and Islands connected.

 Up to 4,000 households and businesses in Lerwick, Quarff and Sumburgh are the first on any Scottish island to be able to access broadband speeds of up to 80mbps.

60 jobs at risk as T&N goes into administration

T&N Joinery on Wednesday afternoon - Photo: ShetNewsPROSPECTIVE buyers are being sought for a Lerwick joinery firm after it went into administration due to a lack of working capital.

T&N Joinery, which employs 60 local craftsmen, fitters and operational staff, is continuing to trade while the business is reviewed. The administrators claimed that as yet there have been no redundancies.