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News round-up / Eshaness steps taped off, positive feedback for ASN club, Sandison releases new EP

The steps in Eshaness after they were taped off to the public.

THE SET of steps in Eshaness built to aid tourists on bus trips have been blocked off with ‘caution’ tape and a sign which says they are “closed until further notice”.

It comes as the tour company which installed the steps and handrails on land near to the lighthouse failed to gain retrospective planning permission.

Shetland Islands Council’s planning service had ruled that the steps “serve to compromise the public’s health and safety” and do not respect the character of the surroundings.

Island Vista, which installed the steps, said it is planning to appeal the ruling.

DISABILITY Shetland’s ASN holiday club has received positive feedback from inspectors.

The club, which operates from the Clickimin as well as the Sandveien Neighbourhood Centre, was given a ‘very good’ rating in quality of care and support and ‘good’ in quality of environment.

“We found staff had a very good knowledge and understanding of the needs of each child and shared this knowledge with volunteers,” the Care Inspectorate said in its report.

“This ensured that all carers were able to actively support children.”

Other areas of praise included the detail of children’s plans, the use of community resources, the safeguarding of children and the range of activities on offer.

LOCAL musician Jack Sandison is set to release a new solo EP on Friday (6 September).

Karma the Queen will initially be available on all major digital platforms.

The EP was recorded at the Mareel Recording Studio in Lerwick with producer Tim Matthew.

Sandison, who draws influence from folk, Americana, blues and rock and roll, has previewed the EP with the release of the single Dancin’ Everytime.

A video of the track, which was made by Greg McCarron, can be viewed below.