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Community / Redevelopment of old youth centre among Scalloway priorities

What a redeveloped old Scalloway youth centre could look like. Image via SIC

A PUBLIC workshop is being held in Scalloway this weekend to discuss the findings of reports on future opportunities in the village.

Vision and action plans were published last month as part of the Re-Create Scalloway project.

Locals were keen to see better access to the waterfront.

They were the culmination of a series of workshops and surveys in which the public were invited to have their say on how they felt Scalloway could developed in the future.

Three key priorities were coined from the workshops: the redevelopment of the old youth centre, increased parking at Burn Beach and improved walkways along the waterfront in addition to pier restoration.

Among the possible options for the old youth centre, located opposite the The Walter & Joan Gray care home, is for it to be demolished and a new building built in its place.

The reports will form part of a local place plan, which will be subject to public consultation later in the year. When approved, it will be adopted as planning guidance by Shetland Islands Council.

Sunday’s drop-in session will take place at the Scalloway Youth Centre from 12pm to 4pm.

Other priorities included in the reports were improvements to Fraser Park and Main Street, and a pedestrian crossing by the school.

Potential business opportunities identified in Scalloway included additional moorings and facilities in the village centre for visiting boats, expansion and improvements to the harbour area and a caravan park.

Sites locals believed could be used for housing included areas around Port Arthur and at East Voe below the quarry.

Other ideas mooted from the public included soft play facilities.

Chairman of Shetland Islands Council’s development committee Alastair Cooper said: “The local community has made some very positive contributions to the Re-Create Scalloway project and I’m pleased to see the outcomes to date.

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“Residents in Scalloway have shared their thoughts on what they’d like to see improved in the village and these are now presented in the spatial vision and action plan. I’d urge anyone who has been involved in the consultation events, or is interested in the future of the village, to come along to find out more.”

The project first started when Shetland Islands Council received funding from the Scottish Government in 2018 to develop a community-led future vision and action plan for the future of Scalloway.

It is being led by Scalloway Community Council and the Re-Create Scalloway Working Group with support from the council.

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