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Marine / More public events on Sullom Voe Harbour area

Ronas Hill from across Yell Sound. Photo: SIC

THE PUBLIC is being given more opportunity to comment on the future use of the Sullom Voe Harbour area as part of an ongoing consultation into opening up the waters for development.

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.

A series of public consultation events were held earlier this year to gather local views on the future of the harbour area, which includes Yell Sound and stretches from Brae up to past North Roe.

More than 100 people responded to the public events and an online survey, with around 70 per cent “willing to discuss possible development” in the area.

A further three drop-in sessions will be held in early June to allow the public to have more of a say on the consultation, and to provide an update on the project. They will be held at:

  • 4 June – Yell Leisure Centre, Mid Yell – 2.30pm – 7pm
  • 5 June – Ollaberry Hall – 2.30pm – 7pm
  • 6 June – North Mainland Leisure Centre, Brae – 2.30pm – 6.45pm

Interest in the area has been expressed from sectors such as renewable energy, shellfish, finfish and seaweed farming.

The consultation responses will help to inform a masterplan for the area, which will be devised by Shetland Islands Council and experts from the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.