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Yell Sound from Mioness. Photo: Charlotte Slater

THE FUTURE use of the Sullom Voe harbour area will be the subject of a series of public workshops due to be held in early February.

An online survey will also be available as Shetland Islands Council gathers the public’s views on the priorities for the area, which includes Yell Sound.

Councillors previously approved the creation for a masterplan for the area as reduced tanker traffic means a previously imposed blanket ban on aquaculture and other sectors could be lifted.

Scalloway’s NAFC Marine Centre and its spatial planning team have won the contract to develop the masterplan, and its specialists will hold four workshops in the coming weeks. They will take place at:

  • Saturday 2 February – North Ness Public Hall, Ulsta, Yell, workshop 10.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 4 February – NAFC, Scalloway, drop in, 3.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 February – Ollaberry Hall, workshop, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 February – Brae Community Hall, drop in, 3.30pm – 7.30pm

It is not necessary to have a ticket to attend, but the organisers want people to register for a place online or over the phone on 01595 772240 to help with planning.

The council’s director of infrastructure services John Smith said: “Throughput at the Sullom Voe Terminal is changing, and we have already seen interest from different sectors and groups about the potential for development in the area.

“The council is keen to hear from those communities directly connected to Sullom Voe and Yell Sound, and these workshops are a great opportunity for people to have their say. We hope as many as possible can attend the events and share their ideas and aspirations.”