News round-up / Wishart responds to UHA question, Cullivoe road drop-in event, Robinson’s latest NHS appointment, power cuts

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart says she recognises that some people have “strong views” on either side of the debate on gender equality and Lerwick Up Helly Aa.

Beatrice Wishart MSP. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

Shetland News asked the Liberal Democrat for her take on the issue in light of comments she made about society needing to eradicate “patriarchal” views of women and girls if gender-based violence is to be tackled.


Her response was as follows: “I recognise that some people have strong views on either side of the argument about women taking part in the Lerwick Up-Helly-A’ procession.

“Gender-based violence and discrimination against women and girls takes many forms.

“I have had an interest for a number of years now on the impact domestic abuse has on women and children and intend to continue my focus on it, both locally and nationally, in order to prevent and raise awareness of the long and often life-lasting consequences it can cause.”


A DROP-IN event is being held in Yell next week to allow the public the chance to discuss options for upgrading the Cullivoe road.

Councillors recently gave the green light for a business case to be prepared for revamping the B9082 road – an important pathway for the fishing and aquaculture industries due to its proximity to Cullivoe Pier – at an estimated cost of around £4.3 million.

Shetland Islands Council roads staff will be at the Cullivoe Public Hall on Tuesday (10 December) from 2pm to 8pm to display proposals and answer questions.

Chair of the chairs Gary Robinson.

NHS SHETLAND chairman Gary Robinson has been appointed as chair of the north of Scotland chairs and chief executives’ group.


The group includes the chairs of six health boards in the north of Scotland, their chief executives and the director of regional planning.

“It is an honour to be asked to chair this group which is leading strategy and planning around the shared challenges of delivering health care in remote and rural areas,” Robinson said.

“We’re already reaping the benefits of working together and sharing solutions like our ‘Attend Anywhere’ video consultations.”

THERE were a couple of short power cuts in Shetland on Thursday morning following thunder and lightning in the area.

Over 30 customers were impacted in Vidlin and 14 properties were affected in Voe.

The faults happened between 5am and 7.30am, with supply back on shortly after 8am. The lightning also resulted in damage to telephone lines and equipment.