G R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher Offer
Thursday 25 July 2024
 13.5°C   SSE Fresh Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

News / Coastguard helicopter called out, Carmichael slams government, tourist tax consultation, Knab proposal shortlisted

EMERGENCY services in Shetland were tasked on Tuesday morning to take a seriously ill patient from Burravoe, in Yell, to hospital on the Scottish mainland.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assisted in preparing a site for the coastguard helicopter to land to take the patient on board.

The helicopter then took the patient to Sumburgh Airport for transferal to a waiting air ambulance plane.

ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised attempts by the UK Government to avoid releasing the full “Yellowhammer” documents about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit.

On Monday, MPs voted to force the publication of the documents, which are believed to predict that a no-deal Brexit could cause food shortages and limit the availability of life-saving medicines.

“Boris Johnson’s refusal to share these essential documents in full with Parliament and the public has been a disgrace,” he said.

“The government has launched a massive advertising campaign to tell us to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, but they wouldn’t tell anyone what to prepare for. It’s as if the Met Office were sending out weather warnings, but wouldn’t say if we should get ready for a heatwave or a blizzard.”

THE SCOTTISH Government is keen to hear the public’s views on proposals to allow local authorities to introduce a tourist tax in support of local services.

Public finance minister Kate Forbes said: “The Scottish Government is committed to devolving more power to local authorities as well as taking steps to safeguard the future of Scotland’s vibrant tourism industry.

“This will not be a national tax and it will be for individual local authorities to decide whether or not to apply an overnight fee if they consider it appropriate for the local community.

“Money raised by those local authorities that introduce a levy will be retained by them to invest in local tourism activity, helping to safeguard the sustainability of the industry.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News


The consultation is open until 2 December 2019 and can be found here.

EDINBURGH based architects 7N has been shortlisted in the 2019 AJ Architecture Awards for its work on ‘masterplanning’ the redevelopment of the former Anderson High School site at the Knab in Lerwick.

The architect bureau was commissioned by Shetland Islands Council to involve the local community as it developed a site proposal for affordable home to be built.

The company said it was “very proud to be part of the team on this project, and this nomination is wonderful recognition for all involved”.

The winners of this year’s AJ awards will be announced on 20 November.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.