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Council / Dump expected to reopen at start of June

Two wind turbines planned for the council's waste management facility at Gremista are in doubt - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsThe Gremista waste management facility is located on the right of this picture.

SHETLAND Islands Council is planning to reopen the Lerwick dump to the public on 1 June.

The decision to reopen the Gremista Waste Management Facility came after a meeting of local government body COSLA on Friday (15 May).

Other local authorities in Scotland are also planning to reopen their facilities on 1 June.

Chairman of the council’s environment and transport committee Ryan Thomson said: “The reopening of sites will depend on receiving assurance that this will not negatively impact the Covid-19 infection rate and will be consistent with national travel advice.

“There will also be considerations including the need to maintain physical distancing for staff and members of the public which will determine whether and to what extent our site will be able to reopen.

“The SIC will keep members of the Shetland public informed as decisions are being made.”

COSLA’s environment and economy spokesman Steven Heddle said: “The intent behind this decision is to provide a level of co-ordination across Scotland, to avoid a disjointed approach which could lead to confusion, and to ensure access to household waste recycling sites is managed to best ensure the safety of both staff and the public.

“We are working closely with the Scottish Government and partners on this and are drawing up guidance.”