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News round-up / MP to raise air traffic control issues, man remanded, Woomble to return, old Scalloway youth centre moves closer to demolition

Sumburgh Airport. Photo: HIAL

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael says he will raise HIAL’s plans to centralise air traffic control services in the Highlands and Islands during a Westminster debate on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The MP said he will also raise an incident at Kirkwall Airport last year, as revealed by Shetland News, which saw a flight taking off without air traffic control support.

The parliament debate will take place on Thursday.

“I am glad that we have secured this debate, on a topic that is crucial to our communities in the isles,” Carmichael said.

“Air services are lifeline services. Local people deserve reassurance that these flights are safe.”


A MAN has been remanded in custody after being fully committed for trial at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Forty six year old John Harding, whose address was given as Shetland, made no plea on two charges after appearing from custody in private.

One related to a non-harassment order and the second to alleged threatening or abusive behaviour.


SCOTTISH musician Roddy Woomble is set to kick off his latest UK tour in Shetland in March.

The Idlewild frontman will play an intimate show at The String in Lerwick on 26 March.

Woomble will release his latest EP Everyday Sun the day after the Lerwick gig.

Tickets are available online.


THE OLD youth centre in Scalloway is one step closer to being removed from the village’s waterfront after its demolition received planning permission.

Consent was previously granted for the demolition in 2013, but it had expired, with the work back on the agenda after removal of the old youth club was highlighted in discussions through the Re-create Scalloway project.

The building is located on Main Street next to the Malakoff yard.

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